Purple garden will be dedicated in honor of Maren Sanchez

A garden will be dedicated in honor of Maren Sanchez at Jonathan Law High School on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Maren is the Jonathan Law High School student who was stabbed to death at her school in April.

During a recent school board meeting, a student speaker announced the creation of what she called a “purple garden.” Purple was Maren’s favorite color.

The garden was made possible through the donations of people in the community and members of local businesses. No funds from the Maren Sanchez Memorial Fund were used to create the garden, school officials said.

A dedication ceremony will take place on Wednesday at 4 p.m. behind the school, at the site of the garden. A small group of speakers will be in attendance, as well as a number of invited guests.

After the dedication and reception, the Law/Foran Girls Volleyball match-up, dedicated to Maren Sanchez, will begin at approximately 5:15 p.m. at Law.

The public is invited, and attendees have been asked to wear something purple.

In an Oct. 10 letter to the Jonathan Law community, school Principal Fran Thompson wrote of the garden, calling it “Maren’s Memory Garden.”

“The loss of our beloved Maren Sanchez has significantly impacted our school family,” Thompson wrote. “Out of our sorrow has grown a community of compassion with a greater appreciation for those around us and a belief that we can and should make a difference. These core beliefs embodied who Maren Sanchez was and the legacy she has left for all of us who knew and loved her.”

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