Arbor Day honors William Woods student leaders

William Woods
University celebrated Arbor Day April 30 by planting a tree in honor of a new
student leadership organization.

A redbud tree was
dedicated to charter members of the National Society of Leadership and Success
(NSLS). Children from Fulton Preschool, located on the WWU campus, used small plastic shovels to help plant the tree near the
Cox Science and Language Building.
 
During the ceremony,
Angie Belden, of the Missouri Department of Conservation, presented a Tree
Campus USA award to WWU. William Woods was the first college or university in
Missouri to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA, and has now received the
designation three consecutive times.
 
Scott Miniea, adviser
to Knowing the Woods, accepted the plaque on behalf of the university and acknowledged Bill Spradley of Trees, Forests, Landscapes of Kirkwood, Mo., for
donating the redbud, in addition to approximately 50 other trees on campus in recent
years.
 
“Knowing the Woods is a
student organization on campus that in the past has promoted the upkeep and
preservation of the threes that keep this campus looking so beautiful,”
Brittany Lenhart, president, said.
 
She explained that the
organization was founded by Spradley’s daughter, Kelcie, when she was a
freshman. It is now expanding its mission to educating the campus about the
importance of philanthropy and the traditions of William Woods University, long
known as The Woods.
 
Dani Moritz, president
of NSLS, was pleased with the Arbor Day ceremony.
 
“I was really honored
that the tree was dedicated to the National Society of Leadership and Success,”
she said. “All of our members have worked incredibly hard this semester and I
think the tree dedication was a pretty special reward.”

CUTLINES:
Members of the National Society of Leadership and Success
(NSLS) and children from Fulton Preschool gather for the annual Arbor Day tree planting.

Cade Miller and other children from Fulton Preschool shovel mulch on the tree.

Ali Skinner scoops up more mulch for the newly planted redbud.