Peter Stiepleman, retiring superintendent of the Columbia Public School District, was honored Wednesday with a magnolia tree dedication by the advocacy group Children's Grove.

Members of Children's Grove, a group that advocates for the mental and emotional well-being of children, gathered at the district's Aslin Administration Building for a Kindness Tree dedication ceremony to honor Stiepleman. The dedication was meant to recognize his leadership and support during his tenure at the district, said Kim Dude-Lammy, president of Children's Grove.

The organization will hold more tree dedications, as well as panels, seminars and trainings during the week of April 18 as a part of its Kindness Week.