Class of 2015

 Each graduating class is commemorated with a tree planted in their honour on campus or at a Municipal park close by.

See the photo slide show below!

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.

 School

 Park

Tree Type

 Blenheim District High School

 Blenheim B-Fit Park, Blenheim

Red Maple

 Chatham Christian High School

 Keil Drive Soccer Field, Chatham

Red Maple

 Chatham-Kent Secondary School

 Ross Babcock Park, Chatham

Eastern Redbud

 École secondaire de Pain Court

 Centennial Park/PC Trail, Chatham

Red Maple

 Lambton-Kent Composite School

 Stranak Park, Dresden

Kentucky Coffee

 John McGregor Secondary School

 Mud Creek, Chatham

Red Maple

 Ridgetown District High School

 Watson Park, Ridgetown

Eastern Redbud

 St. Clair College, Thames Campus

 On Campus

Eastern Redbud

 Tilbury District High School

 Knights of Columbus Park

Kentucky Coffee

 University of Guelph - Ridgetown Campus

 On Campus

Black Cherry

 Ursuline College (The Pines)

 Percy Park Outfield, Chatham

Eastern Redbud

 Wallaceburg District Secondary School

 Crothers Park, Wallaceburg

Red Maple

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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