The planning phase for the Memory Garden at Northview High School is nearing completion. Last month, the Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees gave Linda Nicoson, project organizer, permission to proceed. The Memory Garden is to honor students who died while enrolled at the school since it opened in 1988. It will also remember staff members who died while employed at the corporation.
The Clay Civic Memorial Foundation donated $1,000 to the project. Dr. Hal Glidden presented the check to Northview Student Council President Ashlee Vitz on Friday. The donation was a dollar for dollar matching grant, up to $1,000.
The estimated cost of the project is approximately $3,000. Nicoson said she now has about $2,800. Contributions can be made to Northview High School, c/o Suellen Wegner, 1 Knight Drive, Brazil, IN 47834.
Any excess money will be kept in a Memorial Account at the school and will be used as needed for upkeep and maintenance of the memorial.
"As soon as the weather dries up," Nicoson said, "the concrete will be poured for the base. I can't project the actual completion at this time. I'm so pleased with the response the Memory Garden has received."
Vitz was asked how the students felt about it.
"I think that the students really appreciate it," she said. "We've had nothing but positive comments over the whole idea."