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
Donated by Kaskaskia
President and Board
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.