Dedication Day At Former Bonny Oaks School Is April 26

Monday, April 7, 2014
"Children Playing in a Tree"
"Children Playing in a Tree"

The former Bonny Oaks School is hosting a Dedication Day on Saturday, April 26, 2-3 p.m. 

The Bonny Oaks alumni successfully completed the fundraising project and purchased an eight foot bronze statue called “Children Playing in a Tree” plus a bronze plaque.  The statue and plaque will be erected this next week on the former grounds of the children's home off Bonny Oaks Drive, known today as Bonny Oaks Arboretum at Adamson Circle. 

Paul Parker, Hamilton County real property manager who oversees the Bonny Oaks Arboretum property, will be the guest speaker. 

The Bonny Oaks School was a 323-acre working farm children’s home from 1896 to 1985. Today there is little left of the original land and buildings for the alumni to recognize their former “home.”  In 2011 efforts began through the alumni’s website www.bonnyoaks.org to raise money to purchase a statue in memory of the children who came to Bonny Oaks throughout its history. Over 95 percent of the funds raised came from those children. 

The former Bonny Oaks School, Hamilton County and its citizens changed the course of many of their lives.  In this respect, the Bonny Oaks alumni dedicate the Children in a Tree statue to that memory.


The bronze plaque to also be dedicated
The bronze plaque to also be dedicated

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