Bearden administrator Anna Graham and former Bearden Foundation president Buddy Heins took a walk on campus one evening after a baseball game in 2015 to discuss ways to improve the aesthetics of the school.
That conversation lead to a plan for Bearden’s Class of 1978 to sponsor the planting of 78 dogwood trees on school grounds. Locations included parking medians, along entrances, and in the front and back of the school. Auto body teacher Mr. Robert McClure dug the holes over fall break and the football team helped with the planting. Trees with white blossoms were chosen and while they were small when they were planted, the dogwoods have continued to grow and make any walk on the Bearden campus and bit more lovely.