Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Select Page

French Elementary Welcomes Pct. 4 Legacy Tree to its Forever Home

French Elementary Welcomes Pct. 4 Legacy Tree to its Forever Home

French Elementary celebrated Texas Arbor Day in a big way today as Harris County Precinct 4 planted a historic tree in front of the campus as part of the department’s Legacy Trees Project. 

Precinct 4’s Legacy Trees Project kicked off in 2015 with a mission of bringing historic trees featured in the Texas A&M Forest Service’s Famous Trees of Texas to Precinct 4. Commissioner R. Jack Cagle later expanded the program, which now includes opportunities to plant historic trees through the Foster-A-Legacy Tree program. 

“This is a great way for us to preserve Texas history and promote nature conservation,” community aide with Harris County Precinct 4 Kent Clingerman said. “It’s amazing to see the kids get excited about planting and caring for trees and really dig into the parks and wildlife career field. Maybe one day they’ll be working in our parks and preserving trees for generations to come.” 

French Elementary is the first school to receive a historic tree through the program, thanks to the dedication of Racer parent, Paula Witzke, who was inspired by her son, Daniel, to apply for the tree. 

“I thought it would be cool to have a tree here,” Daniel said. “It was so fun to learn about the tree and put the dirt on top of it when they planted it.” 

As fourth-grade French Racers watched the planting process closely, they linked their science curriculum to their new baby Borden Oak and learned about its rich history, coming directly from the root of a Momma Borden Oak in Galveston, Texas dating back to 1900.

“One of the great things about this is that it teaches the kids stewardship and the huge importance of trees in our ecosystem,” said certified arborist with the Harris County Precinct 4 Parks Department Laura Medick. 

The Legacy Trees Project will provide the campus with a Tree Care Guide and a Foster-A-Tree Journal to keep up with all care activities and ensure a healthy Borden Oak for years to come.

“Here at French Elementary, we love watching our students grow and flourish, and it’s going to be such a privilege to watch this tree grow and flourish as well,” French Elementary principal Holly Conroy said. 

For more information on the Legacy Trees Program (and information on how to bring more history home to Klein), visit


Klein ISD is AAA in Academics, Arts, and Athletics.

Best Public Schools in Texas
Klein ISD has an established 84-year history of excellence and innovation in education with unique pathways for EVERY student in our care to ensure learners are college, career, military, and life ready. With recognition for STEM, athletics, fine arts, and academics from highly-esteemed organizations, it is clear that Our Shared Vision of every student entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose is a reality for EVERY student who walks through our doors.

About Klein ISD
Klein ISD is a school district in Klein, Texas, located in northwestern Harris County. The district spans approximately 88 square miles and serves more than 53,000 students in 33 elementary schools, 10 intermediate campuses, one high school program of choice, and 5 high schools.

Help Us Share Your Story
There are so many incredible individuals in the Klein Family making a lasting impact on our community. We want to recognize and celebrate our leaders and learners that are cultivating talent, building relationships, reimagining learning and making Promise2Purpose a reality daily. Share your story here: