Pendergast Student Leaders to Leave Lasting Legacy

District Superintendent's Eighth Grade student advisory council will plant a tree for Earth Day

Phoenix Az. – April 13, 2015 – When Pendergast Superintendent Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux initiated her Student Advisory Council this year, she could not have anticipated the indelible mark it would leave on the District. These exceptional eighth grade students representing each of the twelve Pendergast school campuses have eagerly jumped in to become an integral part of the district. From helping to plan the Pendergast Community Center Opening and providing tours to serving as student representative on the PESD Governing Board, naming and serving as “Bruce Bee” the District’s BEE-liever mascot and now as their culminating project, the council chose to plant a tree to celebrate the district and Earth Day

Students researched the appropriate tree, secured donations and sponsorships and chose to make a lasting impact on the district and the environment. Moon Valley Nursery and Urban Energy have donated funds and planting to cover all costs associated with the project.

Chase Whitehead, Student Advisory Council member and honor student feels, “This is an important way for all of us to be role models for the next generation of students. We have learned so much this year and we have made a positive impact on the students, staff, families and the community. Although we are all being promoted and are going to high school next year, our memories of Pendergast will last forever.”

Superintendent DeBlieux bursts with pride when speaking of the Student Advisory council. “When we were discussing what we should do to celebrate the year, I suggested perhaps a field trip and the students wanted to do something more meaningful and suggested a tree for our new PESD Community Center. I could not think of a more fitting tribute to their growth and dedication than this tree, which will show the community and the students we are all about helping the district thrive and protecting the environment. These are an amazing group of young people who will always be part of Pendergast.”

In honor of their service and Earth Day, the Superintendent's Student Council will be planting a flowering pear tree at the Pendergast Community Center.  The community is invited to attend the dedication ceremony that will take place on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Center located at 10550 West Mariposa Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, 85037.  A beautiful plaque will grace the base of the tree to honor the students as a lasting remembrance.