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PUCE's Oak Tree Logo

Click for larger image.PUCE's oak tree logo has significance for many PUCE students and alumni. It dominates the PUCE playground.

This depiction was created by former principal, Woody Ross. (Click the drawing to see a larger version.) He sent a copy of this drawing of the oak tree and a special letter to each of the school's families when he left PUCE in 1998. This is what he wrote about the oak tree and the drawing:

Dear Students,

A natural wonder of Pacific Union College Elementary School is the large old oak tree on the playground. Like a magnet, it draws both young and old to gather under its branches.

I have wondered how old it is. Did the Indians of the mountain, who are long gone, ever rest in its shade or gather its acorns and make meal?

Open House potluck under the oak tree

Over the last ten years, I have collected many fond memories of events around that giant oak tree. The first was a potluck given so that my family and I could get acquainted with the students, teachers and families of PUC Elementary. There was not enough food for the three hundred or so that came to dinner. My wife ran to the store to make more salad. Panic!! Then I prayed out loud that God would multiply the food as He did with the loaves and fishes so long ago. He did; and to my amazement, we even took food home after the dinner!

Under the spreading branches of that old tree you and I have played, run, jumped, thrown, hit, struck out, caught, fumbled, fallen, tumbled, made touch-downs, had water fights, laughed, cried, screamed, talked, whispered, sat, rested, signed annuals, written papers, thought and prayed. I have prayed for the school and each of you.

I myself have spent many hours under that tree, some in conversation with students, parents, teachers, board members and contractors. Dreams that started under that tree have become reality. Even courtships and romances that began there have become life-long relationships.

Just as this great oak tree started from one small acorn seed, my dream is that the seed of education planted in you at PUC Elementary may continue to grow and that you will become a giant in thinking and in doing. My hope is that, like the oak draws us to this campus, others will be drawn to you because of your Christian character and attitudes.

I have looked at the oak tree thousands of time; I have taken many photographs, drawn a few pictures, and painted more than thirty. I would like to present you with one of these drawings as a keepsake for PUC Elementary School, and as my gift to you as I leave Angwin.

Your friend, teacher, and principal,

Ellwood Ross

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