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.
Anne Deaton, Kim Dude-Lammy and Pete Millier open the Children's Grove kindness tree dedication
A magnolia flower blooms during the Children's Grove kindness tree ceremony dedicated to CPS superintendent Peter Stiepleman
Peter Stiepleman reads a prepared poem during the Children's Grove tree dedication
Peter Stiepleman, left, and Children's Grove founder Anne Deaton unveil the dedication plaque placed at the base of the magnolia tree
The dedication plaque created in honor of Peter Stiepleman is revealed during the Children's Grove kindness tree ceremony
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