Wow! The response to Buffy Pollock’s Mail Tribune article (see below) about the destruction of our 2nd Street gum trees has been tremendous. Thanks to an outpouring of community support, Cocoa, Crystal, and Billy Bob Thornton will all sprout anew.
Shooting Star Nursery on Taylor Road in Central Point, Four Seasons Nursery on Crater Lake Avenue in Medford, and the Lombardo’s home nursery in O’Brien have all offered to donate replacement trees. (The Lombardo’s have offered seedlings grown from the historic Bidwell Park gum trees in Chico, California.) Josephine County has invited CPE students to participate in a reforestation project, and the Oregon Heritage Tree Project has invited Room 15 kids to participate in a special activity. Dale Wall, a retired CPE teacher, stopped in and provided a cash donation to be put toward the re-planting. The City of Central Point has offered to donate trees and the services of its crew to make sure the job is done right. The students in Jaime Hartt and Rebecca Campbell’s Contemporary World Issues class at Crater High sent personally-written cards expressing condolences for the loss of the trees. Lastly, the personal staff of Billy Bob Thornton (not the tree, but the actor) has contacted us to express that Mr. Thornton is saddened by the loss of the trees and would like to help.
To all this, the students and staff at CPE express our amazement and thanks! Read the follow-up article in the Mail Tribune and stay tuned . . .