Windy is a 24 year old cypress tree that has been an integral part of our life at Little Gate. She gives us much needed shade in our hot climate. She gives us a peek into understanding seasons, since she is actually one of the few trees in our area that is deciduous, she sheds her leaves in the fall, is bare in the winter and grows green again in the spring. Windy is home to many animals, mostly squirrels, who LOVE her cypress balls (seeds). She is a tree that greets us on our playground at the start of every school year strong and full of life and she is there to wave goodbye during the summer months.
Windy was planted in our school yard, which looked nothing like it does today, 24 years ago as a three foot sapling. We chose a Louisiana bald cypress tree for its ability to grow quickly in order to give us natural shade in the VERY near future. Little Gate has grown, built, and designed around Windy. She is a very valued part of our school life. Each year we celebrate Windy's birthday and students and faculty alike take time to appreciate her growth, her amazing branches and the wonderful shade she provides for us.