The Giving Tree Award Ceremony

May 25, 2014

The Giving Tree Award – The first Giving Tree was planted on Earth Day (April 22nd every year) in 1996 and has become a tradition on the campus of Georgia College State University. At first, we wanted to plant these trees to beautify our campus and then decided to name them in honor of or in memory of an individual, organization or group. In 1998, for our third tree, a new concept emerged. We decided to plant a tree “in honor of” or “memory of” an individual, organization or group who has given of themselves back to our community.

During this tree planting ceremony, we explain why the recipient was choosen, we tell about the past recipients, we read The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein, we as a group plant the special tree, we take a photo of the tree along with the recipient and any special guests that are present as well as giving the recipient a copy of the book, by Shel Silverstien, titled “The Giving Tree,” and thus the name of this recognition was born.

You can find the write up of the recipient and photo on The GIVE Center website. We have continued with this tradition ever since with each Giving Tree planted on campus. We also have a permanent metal marker engraved with the date and whom the tree was planted for next to the tree. This is an honor that we have bestowed on these very special people for making a difference in someone s live or in our community that they are truly the embodyment of The Giving Tree. This is a special event that is in conjunction with The GIVE Center and our campus grounds crew.

Contact Ms. Kendall M. Stiles, Director of The GIVE (GCSU Involved in Volunteer Efforts) Center or visit the web site for more information.

Georgia College State University - GA, Georgia
Contact Person: Contact: Ms. Kendall M. Stiles, Director of The GIVE (GCSU Involved in Volunteer Efforts) Center
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