Mintonye students plant tree; look to future


TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – When a tornado damaged two schools in Tippecanoe County last fall, it also destroyed more than ten trees. Mintonye Elementary fifth grade students returned to plant a tree as a symbol of starting over.

Mintonye Elementary and Southwestern Middle schools are undergoing repairs after last fall’s tornadoes.

The tree planting was hosted by Tree Lafayette as a celebration of Earth Day. Students helped plant, water and spread mulch. They also got the chance to look inside their school for the first time since the storm.

Mintionye students are ready for things to get back to normal.

“I’m going to remember this day and remember what it meant to me and what the school year meant, fifth grade student Zoe Wang said.

“I think it’s awesome that it’ll be remembered for the fifth grade and all the memories that we’ve had here,” fifth grade student Samantha Cooper said.

Principal Rob Skaggs said reconstruction work has been smooth. He hopes to be back in the building by the start of the next school year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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