Garden Dedicated In Aliahna's Honor

By Scott Sarvay
By Stephanie Parkinson

June 4, 2012 Updated Jun 4, 2012 at 7:12 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Hundreds of students, teachers and some family members gathered at Holland Elementary School Monday to remember Aliahna Lemmon. The 9-year-old girl was tragically killed in December.

Since February, the school has raised money to create a memorial garden in remembrance of the young girl. In the garden is a boulder engraved with Aliahna’s name, benches and colorful flowers. The garden is meant to be a place of comfort for her classmates.

Her third-grade class and teacher Mrs. Harris also planted a tree in her memory outside the window to their classroom. Mrs. Harris says it was a very important part of the healing process for both her and her students.

"The kids need something to focus (on) and remember to channel that energy, to kind of channel their memories, so they don't remember the tragic but they remember the beautiful that comes out of it," said Mrs. Sharron Harris, Aliahna's 3rd Grade Teacher.

In addition to the garden a reading bench, a rug with some of Aliahna’s favorite things on it and a book were donated in her honor. The rug has Tinkerbelle on it and a purple flower. Mrs. Harris says purple was one of her favorite colors and Mrs. Harris said she loved Tinkerbelle.

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