Over the course of two very hot summer days, nearly 50 community members volunteered to help restore the Circle of Peace, Peace Wall Memorial, located on the grounds of the Sanfordville Elementary School. The Memorial, a 60-foot diameter stone wall and adjacent garden, had become overgrown and was last restored in 2011.
The Memorial was originally conceived and designed by Partners In Education (PIE) retired teacher Beverly Braxton’s students in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Elements in the Memorial include rich symbolism conceived by the students – stones representing strength and eternity, water representing purity and life, and the four compass point openings that welcome everyone.
During the past 16 years, the WVCSD’s Building and Grounds Department has taken responsibility for regularly mowing in and around the memorial and repairing its three water fountains. More involved maintenance of the gardens and trees to preserve the peace memorial’s aesthetic quality requires ongoing additional support from the public.
The most recent volunteer effort was the first serious maintenance since 2011, and it would not have been possible without the help of the larger Warwick community. Volunteers included children and teachers from the Bellvale School and their principal Frank Maendel; participants from Greystone Programs of Warwick; Warwick Cub Scout Pack 177; a half dozen local families; and parents, teachers, and students in the PIE program.
Many businesses generously donated required materials for this recent effort: Material Processors, Inc. (mulch), E.P. Jansen Nursery, Florida (gravel and river stones), Wadeson’s Home Center (fountain material), Home Depot of Monroe (landscape fabric), Shoprite (refreshments), and Wolfies Restaurant (lunch and dinner).
For those who would like to be involved with ongoing care and upkeep of this living memorial as a volunteer or sponsor, send an email to email@example.com. For more information, visit www.peacewallmemorial.org.