As the weather begins to warm up and flowers begin to bloom, visitors to East Coldenham Elementary School may notice an extra vibrancy to a small garden on the left side of the entrance to the school.
Over the years, the bushes of the garden had been eaten by deer, and the garden was in need of a restoration. “We felt that the beautification of the garden was necessary in order to fully honor and respect the memories of these children and their families,” Principal Marianne Serratore said
Members of the Valley Central School District community joined together to enhance the garden. Jim Presutti, Chuck Belfiore and other members of the district’s buildings and grounds department worked to replace the bushes, and add more color.
“It truly was a lesson in collaboration, and a reminder to the community at large to continue to respect the memory of the children who we lost in the East Coldenham tragedy,” Ms. Serratore said. “I would like to extend my deep gratitude to all those who made this restoration possible.”