Seniors dedicate peace garden at CHS

Seniors dedicate peace garden at CHS

Prior to graduating this week, members of the Cumberland High School senior class gathered for the unveiling of a new peace garden at the school, created to honor two former classmates who took their lives when they were freshmen.

CUMBERLAND – A group of Cumberland High School seniors have created a peace garden off Farm Drive near the high school to honor two peers lost to suicide during their freshman year.

Organized as part of their senior National Art Society project, recent CHS graduates Cassidy Carr, Katie McIntosh and Maya Moquin created the garden to remember their peers. The garden was built with the help of senior Jack Malloy, who owns Malloy’s Landscaping.

“After two of our classmates passed away, the class of 2018 always said we wanted a place where we could all come together in remembrance of them,” said McIntosh. “When we were tasked to create a National Art Honors Society project, Cassidy, Maya and I found this the perfect opportunity to create an environment to support our class’s wish. The idea of the peace garden was to provide students with a quiet place to find peace within themselves, remember our classmates, and to support mental illnesses.”

McIntosh encouraged passersby to stop into the newest addition to the CHS campus.

“This project turned out to be everything I hoped for it to be and more,” Carr said. “For me, it was less about getting inducted into the Art Society and more about leaving a mark for our class. Not many teenagers have gone through what we went through, and I wanted to be able to make tribute to the Class of 2018, but in a happy way rather then something sad. I think it is important for us to remember our classmates who didn’t make it to graduation with us, because their presence in everyday life is very real.”

Students painted rocks for the peace garden at Cumberland High School.