The STEPS Youth Committee invites the general public to attend the dedication of its third annual tree planting on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm in front of the Southington Police Station at 69 Lazy Lane.
The tree is a Cleveland Select Pear donated by Winterberry Gardens of Southington. At the dedication, a prayerful blessing will be delivered by STEPS Advisory Board member, Rev. James Debner, Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church and member of the Southington Clergy Association. A representative of the Town of Southington’s leadership will speak briefly. Youth committee adult coordinator, Heather Bartley and Youth committee members Trever Rogers and Sarah Lamb will lead the dedication and presentation to the Police Department.
The annual STEPS tree is a gift to the future of the community. It has significant symbolism: It is an act of good citizenship and community spirit. Moreover, it reinforces the connection between the growth of each of these unique trees and the vision of STEPS, Southington’s Town-wide Efforts to Promote Success: The community, through the STEPS coalition, nurturing its children as they mature, flowering into healthy, well-educated adults, productive citizens, prepared for success in society, each according to his or her own unique aptitudes and gifts.
The first STEPS Youth tree was planted in June 2011 on the north side of Rec Park pond. It is an Ivory Silk Lilac (Japanese Syringa Reticulata) donated by Ali’s Nursery in Plantsville. In June 2012, a flowering Autumn Plum Tree, donated by Winterberry Gardens, was planted in a new prayer garden on the grounds of Mary Our Queen Church.