Winter wisdom tree brings joy and encouragement


Reese Fields

Anderson’s tree decorated with encouraging quotes sits in front of her desk.

Katherine Anderson’s English classes have hung inspirational, motivational quotes on a small tree in her classroom.
“I brought in an old tree because I love Christmas lights and short [winter] days are hard,” said Anderson.
Her “less holiday specific” tree provides an opportunity for ‘take and leave’ encouragement on a day-to-day basis. She feels this time of year impacts student well being, and this past week marks the one year anniversary of Will Gervais’ death.
“I figured we all need a little encouragement in the winter, and I am committed to reminding people they matter,” said Anderson.
The winter season is not only known for stress with family, but sadness as a result of Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder from shorter days and more darkness.
“I love encouragement and quotes, so maybe it’s just for me,” said Anderson. “But maybe it’s also a reminder of what an author (Glennon Doyle) I love says, ‘We belong to each other’.”