February 2, 1998
photo by Maggie Windus
Wilder students brought leaves to the dedication ceremony of their Memory Garden in remembrance of their special loved ones.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary was awarded a Project WILD Action grant from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife in October to create a 600 square foot demonstration garden using only native plants that can feed and shelter birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Thanks to the grant, donations from Cottage Creek Nursery and school families, discounts from other businesses and elbow grease from local King County Master Gardeners, 30 dedicated parents, teachers and staff and 156 students, the garden is nearly complete.
On Jan. 21 the school celebrated the culmination of two months of hard work and dedicated the garden to the memories of all loved ones who had passed away, which included one of Wilder's own students and the mother of another two. The students brought leaves to the celebration to represent the memories of loved ones. A sign above the garden, which was unveiled at the dedication ceremony by Victor Hanzeli, Wilder principal, reads "The Living Memory Garden dedicated to the precious nature of life."