The Presbyterian Day School in Orange moved its dedication ceremony for a special tree planting indoors Friday because of the rain. The day school has been working with children in Orange since 1948.
Mindi Vandervoort the director of the Presbyterian Day School said the tree will represent growth for the school and the community. “The tree is representative of how resilient we are, it’s been a tough year with COVID, and hurricanes, and ice storms, and one thing after another, but we keep hanging on, and we keep coming back, and we’ve got a lot of great new things happening, so a lot of new growth,” Vandervoort expressed.
Larry Spears, Jr. the Mayor of Orange opened the ceremony with a prayer. Former superintendent of the Little Cypress-Mauriceville School District Dr. Pauline Hargrove, a member of First Presbyterian Church, gave an inspirational talk to the students and parents attending the ceremony.
The tree was donated to the Presbyterian Day School by Sandra Hoke. Volunteer Kerri Norwood nourished and cared for the tree in preparation for the future planting of it. The tree will be planted in the playground at the school on Elm Street and Eighth Street in downtown Orange.