J.A. Maxwell Elementary School will have a new entrance for buses off of Warrenton Highway next year.
Last week, several teachers went out on a limb to ensure the entrance is a pleasant one.
Maxwell teachers (from left) Jennifer Sandifer, Kaye Lokey, Saundra Maxwell and Joanna Davis pose with the magnolia tree.
Teachers who are members of the Alpha Delta Kappa International honorary sorority for women educators planted a magnolia tree at the school Wednesday.
"We planted it right at the site where the children will be exiting and boarding the bus," Kaye Lokey said. "It will just make the area nicer, and offer shade."
Mrs. Lokey said the local chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa has 32 teachers in all the schools in the county. Six teach at Maxwell Elementary. This is the first tree the group has planted, but they plan to feature a school every year until each school in the county has one.
"The sorority is not social, it is all about altruism," Mrs. Lokey said.
In addition to planting trees, the sorority sponsors a local scholarship for a student entering the education field every year, and raises money for St. Jude Hospital, and the Ronald McDonald House. A new chapter is being started for teachers in the Wrens-Louisville area.
The magnolia tree was donated by Dudley Nurseries. Robin Dudley is president of the local sigma chapter.
"It was Robin's idea, she's a tree person," Ms. Lokey said.