Monday, November 21, 2011
The James Logan Garden Club recently became active for the year, their first project inspired by the death of a student, Jessica Diaz. After consulting with principal McNamara, they were finally permitted to work in the Colt Court planters, beginning to construct the “Hope Garden,” aimed at memorializing the deceased and providing spiritual rest for the struggling loved ones they've left behind.
Students ignorant to the meaning, however, demolish the garden, purposely stomping on, uprooting, and turning over their plants. The planters continue to be littered with milk cartons, empty bottles, and wrappers. The club has been forced to protect their baby garden with a small wooden fencing, but the garden is still being disrespected by students.
“I think it’s sad that students are behaving this way,” says Sam Cambell, 16, a Junior.
The destruction of the garden is definitely contributed to by the ridiculous immaturity of students, however it’s possible that students are just oblivious to the construction of a special garden. There have been no official announcements about the “Hope Garden” anywhere on Logan Live, and the Garden Club has only recently placed a rushed sign in the center of the garden-to-be.
Miguel Gutierrez, 18, a senior, and member of the Garden Club said, “It’s messed up [that students are doing this], but they don’t really know this is the Hope Garden.”
Logan students continue to put effort into constructing the garden, however the continuous destruction of the garden has caused confusion and disappointment among members of the Garden Club. Solutions for the problem are still being discussed and tested.
“I feel sad, and depressed. They’re kicking plants and killing life.” Flor Ganza-Morales says, 15, a freshman and member of the Garden Club.