Jason’s memorial tree replaced

Vickie Kesterson remembers her son Jason as she puts the first shovel of dirt around the dogwood tree.

From Cliffside Elementary School


CLIFFSIDE — During the 1987-1988 school year, 2nd grader Jason Kesterson was tragically killed. In 1994, his 8th-grade graduating class wanted a living symbol so that each could remember the impact he had on them, Cliffside School, and so many others.

The recent tornado destroyed Jason’s tree. Today family, friends, and school leaders came together and had a Dogwood Tree Ceremony, and Jason’s tree was replaced.