Arbor Day at the Capitol

April 29, 2013

Arbor Day at the Capitol
Sen. Boucher celebrates a Bethel Student

Abigail’s winning poster
Abigail Gleissner, of Bethel with Sen. Toni Boucher in the Senate Chamber.

Hartford, CT – State Senator Toni Boucher (R-Wilton) visits with Abigail Gleissner of St Mary School in Bethel today at the Capitol. Gleissner, a 5th grader is the Fairfield County Winner of The Connecticut Tree Protective Association (CTPA) Arbor Day Poster Contest.

Gleissner’s poster depicts a sugar maple tree in her back yard. Senator Boucher and Abigail participated in a ceremony outside on the capitol grounds where participants planted a tree, a Northern Red Oak in celebration of Arbor Day.

While inside the senate chamber Boucher showed Abigail around, including an opportunity to sit in the wishing chair made from wood of the original Charter Oak. Legend has it anyone who sits in the chair receives their wish.

While in the Capitol, Sen. Boucher, Abigail and her family along with Rep. Dan Carter visited the hall of the flags. When asked what she would like to do when she grew up? Abigail said, “Run for President.” Sen. Boucher’s response: “That’s the spirit. We need more good women leaders!”

Eight students from around the state were honored for their winning posters.
To view them visit