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Planting Trees with K2
Published Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"The main reason we like trees is because they are both beautiful and majestic. No two are alike. Different species display a seemingly endless variety of shapes, forms, textures and vibrant colors. Even individual trees vary their appearance throughout the course of the year as the seasons change. The strength, long lifespan and regal stature of trees give them a monument-like quality. Most of us react to the presence of trees with a pleasant, relaxed, comfortable feeling. In fact, many people plant trees as living memorials of life-changing events." quote from savatree.com website.

In Israel planting trees is time honored tradition used to commemorate or memorialize special events.  Ephraim Nathan, grandfather of K2 student Noah Bradley, visited our school to talk about life in Israel and the differences between city and kibbutz life.A teacher in his primary school planted a tree to commemorate his graduation from 1st grade.  This living connection to Israel and his schoolmates is a place he can visit when in Israel.

"As you grow so does the tree. Noah and many of the children in his class have spent the last four years together.  That is the length of time some spend in college!  The children now are moving on to different schools.  I wanted him to have a living reminder of time he spent here." says Ephraim.

Twelve trees, firs, were donated and the K2 class took part in the planting.  A row of these regal, soon to be tall, trees were placed  along the fence line at the top of the campus.  Over the course of the year students will care for the trees as they grow.  They now also have a living connection to remember their time at the Robert J Wilf Preschool and Kindergarten.  The deep roots of the trees represent the deep connections these students have made throughout their early childhood education.  The hope is that students will come back to visit the trees as they get older.