Tree Dedicated In Memory Of Student

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Students and staff at Morrison-Gordon Elementary came together on Friday afternoon to remember one of their own. 

Camden Patton was a kindergarten student at the school who died on April 4 from complications from heart surgery said Morrison-Gordon Principal Penny McDowell. 

The school's student council, under the supervision of advisers Heather Sammons and Leigh Schwarzel, helped to organize a tree planting and dedication in honor of Camden. 

"We are planting a tree to remember Camden a student, friend and part of the Morrison-Gordon family," said McDowell.

A Japanese maple tree was selected to be planted in memory of Camden as the leave on the tree are red and red was the five-year old's favorite color. It was planted in a field behind the school and near the playground.

Student council president Daniel Thomas presided over the ceremony, placing the first shovel of dirt around the tree. 

Esther Hilliard, who taught Camden in kindergarten, released butterflies following the planting of the tree as the students looked on. 

Classmates of Camden's from Hilliard's class placed flowers which they had picked around the base of the tree following the ceremony. 

In addition to the students and staff from the school, several members of Camden's family were also in attendance at the ceremony. Camden was the son of Allen and Laura Patton of Athens.