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Memorial Japanese Maple Saved from Wrecking Ball

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Over 16 years ago a Japanese Maple tree was planted as a living memorial to Alec Martin on the grounds of E. Rivers Elementary.  At the time, Martin’s grandmother was an active volunteer with the PTA and wanted to plant a special memorial to her grandson who had passed away.

When E. Rivers Elementary went under major demolition last fall, the tree was slated to be destroyed.  That’s when E. Rivers parents, Stephanie (PTA co-President) and David Pyron stepped in.  “It was important for us to save this tree, not only for its beauty, but for the sentimental meaning the tree brings to the Martin family, E. Rivers Elementary and the community,” said David Pyron.

David’s company, Contemporary Gardens, volunteered sizable equipment and time to safely remove the tree and have it replanted in a temporary home across the street.  When the campus finishes its construction, David’s team will bring the tree back home.

“Community service is an important part of our guiding principles at Contemporary Gardens.  We are proud of the fact that we help the neighbors and the community in which we work,” said Pyron.

E. Rivers Elementary is located at 8 Peachtree Battle Avenue, NW, Atlanta.