Staff, students and visitors to Barringer Road Elementary cannot help but notice the addition of pink to the school’s tree garden adjacent to the kindergarten wing. Bright pink garden mums dot the garden and a big pink ribbon is tied to the center tree.
The pink is in honor of Barringer kindergarten teacher Diane Cotton. Each year, Diane has planted and maintained the flowers in the garden, but this year is unable as she battles breast cancer. Fellow kindergarten teacher Shelley Day decided to plant the garden to recognize her friend and coworker.
“It is a tree that signifies hope, courage and strength—all things that Diane exemplifies in her ongoing battle against this terrible disease,” said kindergarten teacher Louise Ann Garrison.
“Team Diane- Central Valley Cares, as we are being called this year, is raising money in Diane’s name and on the behalf of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk being held in October. Team Diane has planned 50/50 raffles, lollipop sales, Hat Day, Halloween basket raffles, pink ribbons and Pink Days to help raise funds and awareness.”
The teachers and staff invite everyone to visit this very special garden and to reflect on the message that it represents.