Twenty-one stones lie on new bark at the north side of Greywolf Elementary, each with a name and date etched onto it.
The stones are part of the schools Retirement Garden, a semicircle-shaped area dedicated to the teachers and faculty who worked at Greywolf and have retired.
These stones are your stepping stones of knowledge, said teacher Sue Gellor, addressing a group of 12 retirees and a handful of teachers and staff who gathered during an informal reception on June 5.
Gellor, along with the other fifth-grade teachers at the school, helped organize the garden as part of their students Service Before Self projects.
The fifth-graders have been working on service throughout the year, Gellor explained, adding that the fifth-grade students raised enough money to purchase one stone.
The rest of the stones were purchased by money donated by Greywolf staff and the Greywolf Parent Teacher Association. Fifth-grade teacher Jennifer Sikes students did the digging and placing of the stones as their culminating Service Before Self project.
For Gellor and the others, the project has been a long time coming. The schools faculty and staff came up with the idea in 2006.
The plan is for each retiree from now on to receive a stone, Gellor explained. It continues their legacy.
Ron Dalan, Greywolf Elementarys first principal, said he loved the idea.
I think its a wonderful thought, Dalan said.
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