Gabriel researched petition protocols and collected more than 200 signatures in support of saving the tree, which he presented to Garco Construction and ALSC architects.
After discovering there was no reasonable way to save the tree and still construct the new sports fields Gabriel (with guidance from his mom, Mead High teacher Tamara Kennedy-Gibbens) came up with a good compromise plan to preserve a few relics from the tree.
In consultation with Northwood science teacher Dave Gamon, Gabriel initiated the establishment of an Environmental Award that will be presented to a deserving student at the end of each year. Gabriel's intention is to return to Northwood each spring and present the award. The name of each year's award recipient will be placed on a plaque made from round sections cut from the fallen tree. This plaque will be hung in the new school. Acorns were also gathered from the tree. These are being cultivated with the hope of planting them on the Northwood site once the new school is finished.
Gabriel is pictured with Kathy Westlake, on-site superintendent for Garco Construction, and his brothers Elijah and Noah who both attend Evergreen Elementary School.