"For Levi!" the children shouted, referring to their classmate, Levi Stephen Collom, who died of natural causes March 18 at the age of 3.
"And what was Levi's favorite color?" Williams asked the children.
"Orange!" they replied.
Then students took turns shoveling dirt to fill the hole where they had just planted a Yoshino cherry tree in memory of their buddy, Levi. Williams noted the tree will bloom white flowers in the spring and orange foliage in the fall.
The children also released balloons with Spiderman featured on them as Levi loved superheroes, especially Batman and Spiderman.
"It was really hard trying to explain to little ones why Levi wasn't with us anymore," Williams said. "They were thinking he's going to get super powers and come back."
Williams said she and Center staff, including her assistant teacher, Kelsie Martin, wanted to do something to remember Levi.
"We wanted a place where we could go to remember all the good things about Levi and to show how much we miss him," Williams said.
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