Wisdom attended Lincoln Park from kindergarten through 4th grade, but died just before school started this year. You may recognize his name from “Wisdom Wednesday” because when he was on student council last year, he always brought a fact to share with Mrs. Seashore on the Wednesday morning announcements. Wisdom was a delightful person. His impish sense of humor and optimism made any room he walked into a happier place. As much as he liked to laugh and play, he was also a curious and engaged learner.
In memory of our dear friend, Wisdom, Lincoln Park is planting a Healing Garden – flowers and herbs that have healing properties from around the world. The garden will be based in native NW plants used by the Multnomah and Chinook people who first lived on the land where Lincoln Park now rests, as they will grow best in our climate, but we also want to include plants from all of the diverse cultures that make up the Lincoln Park community. We are seeking suggestions (and donations, if you are a gardener) of plants that have healing properties for you, your family, or in your traditions. ❤️🦁❤️
I have two stories to share with you. The story I planned to share with you, The Rough Patch, by Brian Lies is unfortunately not in the Lincoln Park library, my personal stash, or available as an e-book. 😿 I did find a very nice recording of someone else reading it on YouTube – thank you, Mrs. Evans! The Rough Patch is a story of grief and healing in a garden and it gets me every time. My other favorite garden story is If You Plant A Seed by Kadir Nelson, an illustrator whose work I love – and this book is written by him, too!
- TALK with your family about the plants that hold special meaning to you.
- LIST the plants that help heal your family
- FILL out this form to nominate a healing plant that is special to your family for Wisdom’s Garden (also linked in heading above)
In order to be planted on school grounds, plants cannot be toxic.