Your Roots are Always in Chatham-Kent Tree

The “Your roots are always in Chatham-Kent” initiative celebrates the achievements of students across Chatham-Kent, graduating from secondary and post-secondary education. Each graduating class is commemorated with a tree planted in their honour on campus or at a Municipal park close to their school.

See the video below!

This project wrapped up on Friday, June 6, 2014, after two weeks of planting trees to commemorate Chatham-Kent’s 2014 secondary and post-secondary graduating classes. Representatives from the Municipality’s Community Development and Public Health departments, council, and the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority’s Greening Partnership met staff and students, encouraging graduates to remain connected to Chatham-Kent. "Your Roots are Always in Chatham-Kent" has been a great opportunity for our community to demonstrate support and appreciation for our young people as they move on to their next ventures, and encourage them to remember their roots in Chatham-Kent.

This is the second year for this initiative, which was created in response to the 2012 Chatham-Kent Survey of Young People (15–39 years), conducted by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Resident Attraction and Retention (RAR) Division. 84% of the survey's respondents stated that they would like to remain connected to Chatham-Kent regardless of where they live and what they do in the future.

The following table explains where each 2014 Graduating Class Tree can be found. Students are encouraged to share photographs of themselves with their tree via social media, tagged with #URrootsCK.

 School ParkTree Type
 Blenheim District High School Blenheim B-Fit Park, BlenheimRed Maple
 Chatham Christian High School Keil Drive Soccer Field, ChathamRed Maple
 Chatham-Kent Secondary School Ross Babcock Park, ChathamEastern Redbud
 École secondaire de Pain Court Centennial Park/PC Trail, ChathamRed Maple
 Lambton-Kent Composite School Stranak Park, DresdenKentucky Coffee
 John McGregor Secondary School Mud Creek, ChathamRed Maple
 Ridgetown District High School Watson Park, RidgetownEastern Redbud
 St. Clair College, Thames Campus On CampusEastern Redbud
 Tilbury District High School Knights of Columbus ParkKentucky Coffee
 University of Guelph - Ridgetown Campus On CampusBlack Cherry
 Ursuline College (The Pines) Percy Park Outfield, ChathamEastern Redbud
 Wallaceburg District Secondary School Crothers Park, WallaceburgRed Maple

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Community Development Department, the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, and TD Canada Friends of the Environment Foundation collaborated to sponsor this initiative.

On behalf of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, we wish to congratulate our local 2014 graduating classes.

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