2016 LHS Graduate Makes Sign to Welcome Visitors to the Lenore Paul Community Garden
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Thursday, November 30, 2017
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In the fall of 2015, the Ludlow School Committee voted unanimously to name the Baird Middle School Community Garden in honor of Lenore Paul, a long-time legendary, Ludlow educator, resident, and community activist. Paul’s passion for gardening and her love for sharing this passion with her students, and others, was the impetus for requesting this honor in her memory.

Paul began her teaching career in Ludlow at the Chapin Street School in 1970 as a first grade teacher. In 1976 she began teaching 5th grade at the Chestnut Street School, later transferring to Veterans Park School where she remained until her unexpected death in 2009.

Members of the BMS Go Green Club, who maintain the garden, felt strongly that a sign to welcome visitors to the garden was needed to complete the design.  As a result, in the spring of 2016, then LHS senior Adam Breslin, and former 5th grade student of Paul, volunteered his talents to design and create a sign to honor his former teacher.  Breslin began the sign while enrolled in the LHS shop class. Although very enthusiastic about completing the project, he ran into an unexpected roadblock when the shop teacher retired, and the class ended.

Following his graduation in 2016, Breslin continued to work on the sign at home;  delivering the completed sign to the Go Green Club in the fall of 2016. Heather Ferrier-Bacon, BMS 6th grade Earth Science Teacher and Go Green Club Co-adviser, said club members then painted the letters and over this past summer, Natalina Tulik, parent and club co-adviser,  attached the letters to the sign. They then contacted the Ludlow DPW who came to install the sign at the entrance of the garden.

Breslin explained that he was informed by the then LHS shop teacher, John Dougherty,  of the opportunity to create a sign for the BMS Community Garden.  “I was a student of Miss Paul’s at the time of her passing and the impact she had on everyone she knew was definitely greater than words can summarize.  I feel that this sign is definitely a worthy tribute to Miss Paul.”

“The supplies for the sign were privately funded;  all the donors were students or colleagues of Paul’s,” shared Ferrier-Bacon. “The donors included John and Adele Vautrain, Libby Dowling of Project Dance, Joseph Langone, Jean Ferrier, Natalina Tulik and myself.”

“We are very grateful to Adam for his help in making the sign- it’s great to have a permanent sign to welcome visitors” added Ferrier-Bacon.  “Our plan is to add additional landscaping around the sign, and eventually add some artwork to the front of the sign.”


Adam Breslin standing by the sign he created.

 

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