Local school groups dedicate tree to celebrated African American

In honor of Black History Month, on Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Stupp Center, local school groups, with help from Artscope and Tower Grove Park, will plant and dedicate a tree in honor of a celebrated African American.

Special this year—the two school groups will honor different individuals! Shenandoah Elementary’s kindergarten class will honor George Washington Carver, agricultural scientist and inventor most commonly known for his work with peanuts, sweet potatoes and soybeans. A tree will be planted in Carver’s honor.

Mann Elementary’s fifth grade class will honor poet, novelist and playwright, Langston Hughes. Since Hughes already has a tree dedicated from a previous year, he will receive a special posting near Carver’s tree.

“We are providing an opportunity for students from local public schools to learn, grow and make new connections,” shared Chrissy Fitzpatrick, Education and Volunteer Coordinator at Tower Grove Park. “Students study those who inspire them, those who shaped our country.”

Our goal is to have students gain knowledge and grow their perspectives, while making new friends and starting meaningful conversations.

After the planting, Artscope will have fun, hands-on art activities for the kids related to the educational experience. Refreshments will be served after the event.

If you’d like to attend or have your class participate next year, please RSVP to cfitzpatrick@towergrovepark.org.

About Tower Grove Park

One of only seven National Historic Landmark parks in the nation along with New York Central Park and Boston Public Garden, Tower Grove Park features an internationally renowned collection of Victorian park architecture and an internationally recognized arboretum, serving over 2.5 million visitors annually.

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Michelle Lawrence