Evergreen ParkElementary School District 124

Inspire, Empower, Achieve...Every Student, Every Day

Skip to main content

SE honors former student with planting ceremony

A tree planting ceremony was held at Southeast School on June 7 for a former student who died of Muscular Dystrophy when he was in third grade in 2005.

Family, friends, current and former staff members, and classmates of the late Jimmy Guenther gathered to share memories and officially dedicate three trees donated by the Village of Evergreen Park.
The ceremony was put together after the first tree planted for Guenther had to be cut down due to disease. When those closest to Guenther heard the tree was missing, they created a GoFundMe page to raise funds to plant a new tree.
They planned to purchase a tree and donate the rest to Muscular Dystrophy Association in Guenther’s name, but when the Village of Evergreen Park was approached about purchasing the tree through their tree program, the Village made the decision to donate not one, but three trees in Guenther’s honor. This allowed all of the money raised to be donated to the MDA.
Family, friends, and more remember Guenther during a ceremony that included plenty of tears and laughter, as well as a balloon release in his honor.