• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Tree planting honors Wilson’s 25 years on school board

NORTHSIDE ELEMENTARY School fifth-graders, from left, Nolan Asher, Charlie Twehues and Payton Asher joined longtime Woodford County Board of Education Chair Ambrose Wilson IV and his wife, Karen, for a tree planting ceremony outside the Midway school on May 23. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

AMBROSE WILSON IV helped Northside Elementary School fifth-graders, from left, Nolan Asher, Charlie Twehues and Payton Asher plant a Japanese maple on May 23 to honor the longtime chair’s 25 years on the Woodford County Board of Education. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Two shovels used to dig a hole to plant a tree in honor of Ambrose Wilson IV’s 25 years of service on the Woodford County Board of Education made a special occasion even more meaningful for the longtime board chair.

The same shovels were used July 21, 1991 for a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony on the grounds where Northside Elementary School was built. Wilson was school board chair then, as he is now, and views keeping a school in Midway as vitally important for his hometown.

“It’s a huge deal for me,” he said, “because this school was always a dream. No one ever thought it would come true and 26 years ago we made it happen, and it’s still going strong today. It means so much to the community and it’s a big deal.”

Wilson, honored by the Board of Education for his 25 years of service in April, said having a tree planted in his honor symbolizes all the work that went into keeping a school in Midway. “This school is very, very important to me,” he said, “and this (growing a tree on Northside’s campus) just kind of makes it special.”

“I’m here forever,” he added, “unless Mr. Asher lets it die this summer.”

Principal Ryan Asher said he’d been searching for shovels the morning of the tree planting May 23 when his children, fifth-graders Nolan and Payton, found the ceremonial shovels – from the groundbreaking nearly 27 years ago – tucked away in their school’s conference room. Nolan, Payton and Charlie Twehues, also a fifth-grader at Northside Elementary, helped Wilson plant the Japanese maple just outside their school.

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