Lakewood & Dawes

I woke up around 5:00 am in the tent, made coffee and began to pack up.

I can’t believe the journey is almost nearing an end. I said goodbye to Pam Purvis who had camped out with me last night and prepared to walk to Lakewood High School.

Just before I began walking I was joined by Jeff Brown, the superintendent of Granville Exempted School System. We walked for about an hour to the Lakewood High School and then Jeff said goodbye. At the school I had the opportunity to speak to the seniors just prior to their graduation rehearsal. It was a great opportunity to talk to them about setting priorities for their lives. After I talked to the seniors I then talked to students who were eating lunch. Afterwards some students came up and asked questions.

After I left Lakewood School I was joined by Luke Messenger and some other volunteers and staff from Dawes Arboretum. We walked on the bike trail all the way. It was about a 3 mile walk. Once we arrived Luke continued to give me a tour around many other parts of the property. Wow! What a wonderful place to see tree and plant species that I would never otherwise get to see. They are doing a great job of preserving and educating the community about trees and conservation. Luke did a great job showing me around and explaining some of the history of Dawes Arboretum.

After the tour it was time for the rest of the United Way Board to arrive for our monthly meeting. We meet for a few hours covering a variety of United Way topics. It was a lively meeting and everyone was engaged during the discussions.

After the board meeting, Luke along with several other staff and volunteers pitched their tents out by the red barn and pond for the night. We roasted hotdogs and enjoyed conversation around a fire before it was time to call it a night. Thanks Luke and Dawes Arboretum for a great day! I think I want to go home and plant a tree!

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