Phoebe Duval– Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS senior Lily Potter has taken the so-called “Zen Garden” within the 500 building under her wing and is repurposing it into a Memory Garden.
Potter has been working to finish murals, create a pathway along a muraled wall and put benches in the garden.
To create a memorial for students who have passed through LRHS, Potter plans to use personalized tiles.
“The mentality of everyone inspired me to make a change in the garden,” said Potter.
Students have already helped to improve the garden. NHS students weeded and raked, Bayside Church volunteers helped reshape the ground so that it doesn’t become a swamp when it rains, and Potter has been working on putting steel edging along the garden.
“I want to change the thought process of students. Efforts are being made by Mr. (LRHS Principal Dustin) Dalquist to make this school a cleaner, nicer place,” said Potter. “I want future students to take pride in their school and uphold it.”
Potter plans to make the Memory Garden a quiet place for students to go to take a deep breath, calm down, and surround themselves in nature.
Potter said she’s watched students lose fellow classmates and it’s hard for them to keep their emotions together in class when they look over and their best friend is no longer there.
The Memory Garden, Potter hopes, would be a place they could go to escape the confinement of the classroom environment.
Tiles are available to everyone, regardless of the grade, and can also be made for those that LRHS has lost.
To purchase a $7 tile, go to the LRHS website. Deadline for payment is Mar. 27. Stepping stones will be made after school on Mar. 22.
Correction – “Mustangs Ahead” originally reported the deadline to be March 22. We regret our error.