Saying goodbye to a piece of school history

On Monday, July 6, Troy Smith of Smith Tree Service started sawing limbs off the approximately 100-year-old tree in the middle of the Parker School playground. 
The tree, which has seen thousands of students pass by it, has been a source of shade, a gathering spot and even a friendship tree to so many through the years. 
According to Smith, the tree had received years of damage, causing the stump to deteriorate from the bottom up, even creating a large crack through it. 
(Photos/Dawn Rye)

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