We use the word “synchronicity” a lot at TreesLouisville. The Stopher Elementary story is certainly a great example of synchronicity. We were contacted by Steve Dalton through our website. He had seen one of the newspaper articles about us and decided to ask for some help with trees since he is the Chair of the Beautification Committee at Stopher. We had some bare root trees that we had ordered from the west coast, so we gave him five trees to plant on the campus with student volunteers.
At about the same time, we got an email from Raymond Smith, a partner at Boehl Stopher & Graves LLP, a law firm here in Louisville. One of the founding partners was Joe Stopher, the namesake of Stopher Elementary. A long-time partner at the law firm passed away last year and the firm wanted to plant a tree at Stopher Elementary in his memory. We were able to recommend and facilitate the planting of a Scarlett oak as a memorial tree as well.