New Landscape Honors Principal Patterson and Students
Out front of HT Faulk Early Childhood School lies a new memorial stone in remembrance of Principal David Patterson and Faulk children who have passed away since the school opened in 1955.
Faulk mother Annie Murrow shared at the beginning of the school year she talked with Patterson about improving the landscape in front of the school. “After I brought up the idea to him, [Patterson] got the ball rolling,” Murrow said. “When he passed, I knew I wanted to expand the project while honoring him and children who were gone too soon.”
Lowe’s Home Improvement houses a program called Lowe’s Heroes. Lowe’s representative Kathy Bagnall explained Lowe’s Heroes was able to put the landscape project together after Murrow came into the store and asked if something could be done with the landscaping. Bagnall designed the landscape project, and Lowe’s Heroes donated the plants while volunteers took the time to complete the project. “We love giving back to the community especially when honoring people who meant a lot to the community,” Bagnall said. “It was cool to be out here and kids coming out voicing how pretty it was and telling us thank you.”
The landscaping includes two rose gardens, and one of the gardens has a bench with a memorial stone that reads “In Memory of Principal David Patterson and Students of Faulk Early Childhood that We Lost Too Early.” Rockport Monument donated the memorial stone to the landscaping project.
On May 25, HT Faulk Early Childhood held a remembrance ceremony for the students to see the memorial stone and landscaping. Principal Josh Rombs spoke during the ceremony stating this was a celebration of Patterson and other children who passed too soon. Rombs read Patterson’s favorite quote, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” “Mr. Patterson told me at the beginning of the year he was the principal to teach the students the principle of that quote,” Rombs said. “Mr. Patterson expected us to be the best we can be in everything we do, and we will continue to teach that principle.” Rombs read scriptures Patterson referenced often.
Students made posters thanking Lowe’s and Rockport Monument, and posters reminding the community Patterson will never be forgotten. The students gave the thank you posters along with thank you cards to Lowe’s at the end of the ceremony.
“We couldn’t be more proud or happier with the end results of the project,” Murrow said. “I’m glad we could expand this as a remembrance while making the front of the school really nice.”