Each graduating class is commemorated with a tree planted in their honour on campus or at a Municipal park close by.
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During the two week period of Tuesday, May 26th to Friday, June 5th, a total of 12 trees were planted to commemorate Chatham-Kent's 2015 secondary and post-secondary graduating classes. Representatives from the Municipalities 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. This initiative continues to be a great opportunity for our community to demonstrate support and appreciation for our young people as they move onto their next ventures.
This was the third 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) area. Of the survey respondents, 84% 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 shows where each of the trees are located in Chatham-Kent. Students are encourage to share photographs of themselves with their tree via social media, tagged with #URrootsCK.
Blenheim District High School
Blenheim B-Fit Park, Blenheim
Chatham Christian High School
Keil Drive Soccer Field, Chatham
Chatham-Kent Secondary School
Ross Babcock Park, Chatham
École secondaire de Pain Court
Centennial Park/PC Trail, Chatham
Lambton-Kent Composite School
Stranak Park, Dresden
John McGregor Secondary School
Mud Creek, Chatham
Ridgetown District High School
Watson Park, Ridgetown
St. Clair College, Thames Campus
Tilbury District High School
Knights of Columbus Park
University of Guelph - Ridgetown Campus
Ursuline College (The Pines)
Percy Park Outfield, Chatham
Wallaceburg District Secondary School
Crothers Park, Wallaceburg
The Municipality of Chatham-Kent's Community Development and Public Health departments, the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority's Greening Partnership and TD Canada Friends of the Environment Foundation collaborated on this initiative.
On behalf of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, we wish to congratulate our local 2015 graduating classes.
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