LEAD with Honors Tree Planting
True leaders take advantage of every opportunity to grow. That is why eighteen freshmen from the class of 2020 decided to join LEAD with Honors, a four-year leadership program designed to help students develop their leadership style and skills. Now, the 2020 cohort has found the perfect way to commemorate Earth week and the beginning of their journey together. On Friday, April 20, 2017, a group of LEAD students, Honors College faculty, and Dean Larry Berman gathered outside of Centennial Hall for the planting of the first peach tree on the Georgia State University Atlanta campus.
The Tree Planting Ceremony began with a few remarks by the Tree Planting Committee. Then, the tree was placed in the ground and surrounded with soil that would provide the tree with nutrients and the support need to keep the tree grounded. The LEAD cohort gathered around the tree and, one by one, declared the goals that they would be achieving in the future. These students aim to do things like start a community garden, fund a scholarship, pass Chemistry class, and of course take advantage of Honors College opportunities. Before the end of the ceremony, every member of the LEAD 2020 cohort got the opportunity to water their tree, investing in its future as they have invested in their own.
Just as the peach tree will need to be watered once a week for a year, leadership skills for the LEAD 2020 cohort will be nurtured on a weekly basis. LEAD 2020 will meet weekly for courses that will instill them with the tools of effective leadership as they learn about different leadership styles, group dynamics, and how leadership can be applied in different fields. Like the peach tree that will continue to grow in the yard of the Honors College, this new group of LEADers will grow together unrestrained, unafraid, uncommon.