Memorial Tree Planting for Lana Albert Held at Kaskaskia College

Kaskaskia College held a tree planting and dedication ceremony in memory of Lana Albert on Friday, August 1 at the College’s main campus.  The ceremony was attended by Lana’s family members and KC personnel.


Lana Albert, who died after being struck on Old Highway 50 in Breese earlier this year, was a student at Kaskaskia College from 2010 to 2013.  Lana completed both the Cosmetology program and the Dental Assisting program, and was a student worker in the Office of Institutional Advancement at KC for two years.


Dr. Jim Underwood, President of KC, presided over the ceremony in which a tree, located just northwest of the Child Care Center on campus, was dedicated to Lana’s memory.  Dr. Underwood called Lana a “ball of fire” for her energy and enthusiasm.  He read the poem “The Dash” and presented Lana’s family with copies of the book in which the poem appears. “Lana’s favorite color was purple,” Dr. Underwood said.  “We chose the King Crimson Maple as her tree because of its purple leaves.”  A plaque at the tree identifies the species and has the inscription:


“In Memory of Lana Albert

Donated by Kaskaskia College

President and Board of Trustees”


23 purple helium balloons, one for each year of Lana’s life, along with single Hello Kitty and Pokémon balloons, were released by attendees at the conclusion of the ceremony. 


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