Your Roots Are Always in Chatham-Kent

A field with a tree sappling planted next to a sign saying "2017 graduating class"

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. 

This year,  a total of 12 trees were planted to commemorate Chatham-Kent's 2017 secondary and post-secondary graduating classes. Representatives from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's Community Attraction and Leisure Services and Public Health departments, Municipal Council, the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, and Chatham-Kent Youth Engagement Partnership greeted staff and students, encouraging graduates to remain connected to Chatham-Kent regardless of where their lives take them. 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 fifth 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 Community Attraction & Promotion (formerly Resident Attraction and Retention) Division. 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.

Each of the 2017 graduating class trees can be found at the locations listed below. Students are encouraged to share photographs of themselves with their tree using #URrootsCK.

School

Location of Tree

 Blenheim District High School

Blenheim Memorial Park, Blenheim

 Chatham Christian High School

Chatham Christian School, Chatham

 Chatham-Kent Secondary School

Ross Babcock Park, Chatham

 École secondaire de Pain Court

Centennial Park, Pain Court

John McGregor Secondary School

Mud Creek Trail, Chatham

 Lambton-Kent Composite School 

Lambton-Kent Composite School, Dresden

 Ridgetown District High School

TREES Memorial Trail, Ridgetown

 St. Clair College, Thames Campus

St. Clair College, HealthPlex

 Tilbury District High School

Tilbury Splash Pad, Tilbury

 University of Guelph - Ridgetown Campus

University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus

 Ursuline College (The Pines)

Percy Park, Chatham

 Wallaceburg District Secondary School

Crothers Conservation Area, Wallaceburg

On behalf of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, we wish to congratulate our local 2017 graduating classes!

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