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Kindergartners Dedicate Tree To Honor Classmate

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LEBANON, Tenn.- A 5-year-old who lost his life to bacterial meningitis was remembered by his teachers and classmates Monday in a special ceremony.

Ian Tisdale, a kindergartner at Southside Elementary School in Lebanon died in June of 2011 from bacterial meningitis. 

"Never take getting your immunization shots (lightly). Just to watch over your children and love your child every day. You never know if you got them tomorrow or even the next hour or the next minute," said Ian's grandmother.

Family members, teachers and Ian's kindergarten classmates dedicated an Oak Tree in memory of Ian.

"Ian was always a good example to everyone in the kindergarten and even to the grownups of someone who was a good friend and someone who really worked hard," said Vicki Graham, a teacher at Southside Elementary School.

A plaque was also placed near the tree so that everyone for years to come will remember young Ian. On the plaque, the "N" on Ian's name is spelled backwards. His grandmother said that's how Ian wrote his name on his class assignments.

Students also sang Ian favorite song "Big Big Dreams" and blew bubbles in his honor around the tree.

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