Your Roots Are Always in Chatham-Kent
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.
Blenheim District High School
Blenheim Memorial Park,
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,
Tilbury District High School
Tilbury Splash Pad, Tilbury
University of Guelph - Ridgetown Campus
University of Guelph, Ridgetown
Ursuline College (The Pines)
Percy Park, Chatham
Wallaceburg District Secondary School
Crothers Conservation Area,
On behalf of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, we wish to congratulate our local 2017 graduating classes!
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