Parents Plan Garden to Remember West Students

Parents Plan Garden to Remember West Students Lost Too Soon
Posted on 04/23/2019
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West remembrance garden planPlans for a garden at the main entrance to Lakota West High School is so much more than a beautification effort. The new gathering space, scheduled to begin in July, will be a place for the school community to remember the lives of former Lakota West students lost too soon.

“For us, it is a way to honor their short lives and a reminder to all of us that we are not guaranteed tomorrow,” said Joan Stoltz, one of eight people who are committed to seeing this project through. She is joined by five other Lakota West parents who have lived through the untimely death of their child.

“We want to give back to their school a place of beauty to enable them to remember their beautiful lives,” Stoltz continued.

The group turned to a local landscaping company to draw up the plans for the remembrance garden, which calls for 160 square feet made up of clay pavers, two benches, a tree and shrubs and flowers surrounding it. The garden would be situated in a highly visible, grassy area to the right of the main entrance.

“This is right outside my office window, so every time I look out I will think of the strength of these young people and their families,” said Principal Elgin Card in a recent Journal-News story about this special project. “Our hope is this will be a place for families and friends to visit and remember all the positive times they had with their loved ones.”

The group has raised approximately $4,000 toward its total fundraising goal of $14,000 via a Go Fund Me fundraising site. Check donations may also be made payable to the Lakota West PTSO and dropped off or mailed to Lakota West at 8940 Union Centre Boulevard. With their next meeting scheduled for April 17 at 7 p.m. at the Union Centre Panera Bread, the group welcomes new members.