WWU Arbor Day celebration honors Class of 2012

A student organization at William Woods
University recently chose to give back to their alma
mater by planting a tree in honor of the Class of 2012.

The organization, Knowing the Woods, planted a white
chestnut swamp oak tree along Senior Lake in honor of Arbor Day and the senior class.
Kelcie Spradley, founding president of Knowing the Woods and a graduating senior, said the tree was a way of recognizing the achievements
of the senior class.
“It is also in remembrance of always finding a way to give back to an
organization and the community,” she said.
Sharon Mather, club adviser, spoke at the dedication about life after graduation,
volunteering and how to find the right charitable organization to which to donate time or money. 
She used Kelcie Spradley and her parents, Bill and Chris Spradley, as examples of generous philanthropists to WWU.
Two years ago, the Spradleys donated 50 trees, plants, and
flowers and provided the labor to plant it all. In addition,
they have continued to provide several trees for the beautification of the campus. 

Last year the
Spradleys were instrumental in William Woods
becoming the first campus in the state of Missouri to be recognized
as an Arbor Day
Foundation Tree Campus USA, a
designation that was renewed
this year.


“I have been privileged to
work with Kelcie and her parents over the last few years,”
Mather said, “and I am grateful for their support.”


Sharon Mather speaks to the students at the Arbor Day tree planting.

Kelcie Spradley, a graduating senior, is the founder of Knowing the Woods.

Kelcie Spradley and Sharon Mather pose with the newly planted tree.