This beautiful learning tree was created through The Pathways to Education in Rexdale during the after school arts program with grade 9 students of local secondary schools. Students designed, sculpted, paper mached, and painted the tree with Pamela’s guidance.
The 7 roots of the tree have been painted to reflect qualities or characteristics of life. Through discussions, the youth determined what they feel is most valuable for their home life and a healthy community. These qualities are from left to right on the root: wisdom, friendship, love, family, joy, respect, and spirituality. The center root, family is considered the most important aspect of nourishing their lives. Several of the leaves were painted to reflect the symbolism of the roots.
The tree sculpture is permanently displayed at The Pathways to Education office.