New Holstein Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) held a rededication ceremony for the butterfly garden at the school on Sunday, Sept. 27.
The garden was originally created in 2007 and dedicated in memory of Riviera Lynne Konen in 2008. Riviera’s mother was a teacher at New Holstein Elementary School when Riviera passed away in 2006, just before her third birthday.
The garden was a school and community project at the time, with a lot of volunteers working to make it a reality. Over the years, students graduated, staff moved on, and the garden was slowly left behind with nobody to take care of it. The area of the garden was still used until about two years ago for the students’ annual butterfly release each spring.
In fall 2018 the garden came up in conversation to a PTO member and nobody was familiar with it, so they started looking into the history of it. A few months later, PBIS, a teacher committee at the school, came up with the idea of an activity for the garden.
(Please see the October 8 issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)
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