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Here's a very special pre-Super Bowl "Commercial" created by SAGES' 5th Graders and brought to you by the Waupun Area School District.

SAGES' 5th Graders Named Top 10 Finalist for TREES Rock Video Contest
Voting opens January 12th. Learn how to VOTE for our video, by clicking the above image.

5th Graders from SAGES in Fox Lake, WI Named Top 10 Finalist in SCOTTIES National Trees Rock Video Contest

School Eligible to Win $10,000 in Prize Money for Sustainable Project

Burlington, MA (January 8, 2015) -- Scotties, a leader in the tissue industry is pleased to announce the top 10 entries in their Trees Rock® video contest. The 5th grade students from the School for Agricultural & Environmental Studies (SAGES) in Fox Lake, WI have emerged as one of the top 10 finalists in the 3rd-5th grade section of this national video contest. The Grand Prize Winner in this division will receive $10,000 for the school to use towards a sustainable project, such as tree plantings, outdoor classrooms, playgrounds, athletic fields, gardens and greenhouses. All kids who entered the contest were required to create a video up to 3 minutes long on the importance of trees -- to themselves, their school, and their community.

Students were encouraged to be as creative as possible in their entries – for example, by creating a poem, a play, a speech, a song, or a dance. After rigorous scrutiny by a panel of judges, entries from around the country were narrowed down to the 10 best in 3rd – 5th grade and the 10 best in 6th-8th grade  the categories of most compelling relative to theme, clarity of message, and creativity. 

SAGES is a very unique school. This project-based public charter school in the Waupun Area School District has an emphasis in agricultural and environmental studies. They work toward their vision: to create a culture that actively and thoughtfully conserves and sustains the land, flora and fauna that comprise our environment and food sources, and pride themselves on providing their learners an array of dynamic and diverse educational experiences. The Trees Rock video contest couldn’t have been a more perfect fit.

So a team of students jumped into action, led by SAGES Agricultural Educator, Sheri Hicken. Guided by the motto, “Little kids, can do big things” the kids created a “man on the street video” where they interview people walking by on the importance of trees. The answers were as varied and unique as the people themselves – pointing to the broader picture of the many global needs for trees. In their video students show one of their favorite things made out of trees – books!

Watch the full video here

Winners will be chosen by voters across America who can watch the top videos and vote for their favorite from January 12th through February 6th on  The winners in both categories will be announced on Feb 15th and winner events will be celebrated in spring 2015.

Scotties is passionate about sustainability with their 3-to-1 promise. In which for every one tree they use, they plant three in its place. Over the last 50 years, J.D. Irving, Scotties’ parent company has planted 900 million trees in North America.

About Scotties Facial Tissue:
Considered one of the top facial tissue manufacturers in the United States, Scotties Facial Tissues is owned by Irving Tissue, Inc. a Canadian-based and family owned company committed to managing its operations in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner. Scotties has created Trees Rock in an effort to promote their tree planting initiatives in the United States. For more information about Scotties Facial Tissues and its 3-to-1 Tree Planting Promise, please visit and for more information on Trees Rock visit




The vision of SAGES is the creation of culture that actively and thoughtfully conserves and sustains the land, flora and fauna that comprise our environment and food sources.


Our mission is to produce responsible, productive citizens who have both a local
and global perspective and are committed to preserving and sustaining national
and world environments, food sources and other natural resources.