Our Beech Tree Logo: A Symbol of Resilience and Connection
The beech tree has been a symbol of strength and resilience throughout history, and at Lawrenceville Presbyterian Preschool, it has taken on a special meaning. In 2012, the church lost an ancient American beech tree in a storm, which had stood tall for over 200 years. Despite the efforts of the church and the community to save it, the tree could not be repaired.
However, from this loss came a new beginning. In early 2012, the idea of planting a new tree in the north graveyard near the spot where the old beech stood took root. Through a combined effort of congregation members and Main Street volunteers, a plan was put into action. Kris Deni and Rich Levandowski, members of the church, generously offered to donate a new tree in memory of Kris’s daughter, Leah, who had passed away in December 2004.
Leah had attended the nursery school when it was called Lawrenceville Presbyterian Co-operative Nursery School and was a passionate defender of the environment. She had a special connection with nature, the church, and the community. Kris, with help from others, chose a beautiful copper beech tree to take the place of the fallen tree.
On April 29th, the tree was planted during a commemoration service, and the nursery school children sang in Leah’s honor. The beech tree became a beautiful tribute to Leah and a symbol of hope and renewal for the church and the community.
Our school’s connection to the beech tree runs deep. The tree’s resilience and ability to grow and thrive in the face of adversity align with our philosophy of promoting children’s growth and development. Like the beech tree, we strive to nurture children’s independence, responsibility, and self-esteem through a developmentally-appropriate curriculum that emphasizes active exploration through play and nurturing relationships with teachers.
The beech tree also symbolizes our school’s connection to nature and the importance of fostering a love for the environment in children. We believe that every child has a natural curiosity about the world around them, and we provide opportunities for children to explore and learn about nature through our curriculum and outdoor play spaces.
Finally, the beech tree is a symbol of our school’s connection to the church and the community. We believe that strong partnerships with families and the community are essential for promoting children’s growth and success, and we are proud to be a part of the rich history and tradition of Lawrenceville.
Our Beech Tree logo represents our school’s commitment to resilience, connection, and growth. We are honored to carry on the legacy of Leah and the ancient American beech tree, and we look forward to continuing to provide high-quality education and support for families in our community.