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First Day of Work - October 13, 2012
The Casa Grande Youth Commission began work on the Garden of Sunshine Youth Memorial Garden on October 13, after nearly a year of planning.
Casa Grande Youth Commission President Zoe Cooper commented about the number of volunteers involved with the garden's first official workday. "We have our Youth Commission Members and 50 volunteers helping us out here today." The Commission's advisor Donna McBride said, "We are so grateful for the community that have come together and really made this happen, because 16 kids could not have done this by themselves." She also said, "When you have 75 young people out here on a Saturday on the last day of Fall Break…You can't get any better than that."
The Youth Commission hopes to continue receiving such enthusiastic support for the project throughout its construction. When finished, the memorial garden will stand as a tribute to members of the Casa Grande community who have passed away as children or teenagers.
The Casa Grande Youth Commission is a group of teens appointed by the mayor who represent the interests of Casa Grande's youth. The Commission is involved with leadership and community service for the city.
How Did This Project Gets Its Name?
The Garden of Sunshine Memorial Garden is a project led by the Casa Grande Youth Commission. The name was chosen after a young man, Zack “Sunshine” Eide, along with his sister Katie, who were killed in a tragic crash during a massive dust storm in 2009.
The Commission has been raising funds and working on details of the garden so that is will be reflective of personal memories as well as a celebration of life. The memorial wall is open to any family who has lost a child between the ages of 0-18 years who has a Casa Grande connection.
Any family that would like to include their child's name should submit their request by September 15, 2012. Plaques are currently being designed and made for the wall. To do so, contact Adviser Donna McBride at 520-431-3447 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
How Can You Get Involved?
Artists: To help with the artwork of plaques that will be placed on the memorial wall.
What’s Been Done?
Preliminary work has been done through several meetings and planning sessions over the past six months. Some of that work resulted in: