Seniors Dedicate Dogwood to Kindergarten Class

Written by Katie Vernon

Green Team presidents, seniors Kendall Greene and Towner Schunk, presented and dedicated a native flowering dogwood tree to the Class of 2032 at the 2019 Opening Chapel.

The idea was spawned by a group of rising seniors in the spring of 2019. The Upper School Green Team was brainstorming ways to make sustainability a more mainstream part of the Lovett community. They decided to start a new tradition in which each senior class would gift a tree to the incoming kindergarten class. This year’s tree is to be planted at the entrance of the parking deck where a large tree was removed over the summer. For the Class of 2020, the tree gift represents their hope for the future and will serve as a visible reminder to the youngest students that they are important members of the Lovett community alongside their tree. 

As the kindergarteners grow up, the tree will grow with them and, when they become seniors, they will have the opportunity to give incoming kindergarteners (class of 2045) a tree of their own. Over time, other traditions might develop around the class tree-- such as pictures on the first/last day of school, a location for learning, or decorations for campus events. According to Kendall, “It is a symbol of life, hope, and faith that will remind you that you belong here, the Lovett school, and you have the ability to make the world a better place.”

Every year diseased and dying trees on campus have to be removed, so the Buildings and Grounds staff will work to help identify a location and select an appropriate native tree species as a replacement. The hope is that, over time, the campus will be restored to the native biodiversity it once had.

Thank you, Class of 2020 for your continued commitment to sustainability and the Lovett community.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” 
-- Chinese proverb

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