Callie Cavanaugh was the kind of girl who will long be remembered. We’re glad to have made a small contribution to help keep her memory alive.

Callie, if you don’t know her story, was a young girl from the Williamsport area who fought a courageous battle with cancer over several years. Despite her health challenges, she raised money for cancer research, collected gifts for other children facing cancer, and continued to attend school and serve as a positive, supporting presence to others. (In a tribute to her selflessness, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette newspaper named her one of its Persons of the Year for 2017.)

Callie passed away in April 2018, having rallied a region behind her — including her fellow students at Donald E. Schick Elementary School in Loyalsock Township, Lycoming County.

That’s where our Community Roots program comes in. Community Roots provides free tree seedlings to schools, environmental groups and municipal parks, to help beautify our communities.

The parent-teacher organization at Schick Elementary ordered tree seedlings, which were recently distributed to Callie’s former schoolmates to take home and plant in her memory. At least one of the trees was planted on school grounds, as well. (We provide safe planting instructions with the seedlings, to help ensure that these tributes will last for many years to come.)

We think this is a wonderful way to use Community Roots tree seedlings, and we hope they help keep Callie’s spirit alive for those fortunate enough to have known her.