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Monday, May 20, 2024


Quakers Plant ‘Peace Tree’ at Middle School

McKenna Gregory

By Press Release

COURT HOUSE – On March 14, Seaville Friends (Quaker) Meeting planted a Japanese weeping cherry tree in the courtyard of the Middle Township Middle School. The tree was planted as a ‘Peace Tree.’
Last year, the Meeting held an essay contest for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders of Cape May County. Among the over 400 essays submitted, was one from McKenna Gregory, which included the unique idea of planting a ‘Peace Tree.’
The tree was to remind young people of what they can do to promote peace in the home, the community, and the world. This idea took hold among members of Seaville and the Meeting determined to make Gregory’s vision come true.
Everyone involved hopes the tree will flourish, bloom, and provide a visual reminder to work for peace.
Helping with the planting were Gregory, her mother, and brother, Principal Jeff Ortman, and members of Seaville Meeting, including Helena Bew, Bob Holden, Trudy Smith, and BJ Chadwick.

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