Reading Garden

The Quilt Maker's Reading Garden

Inscribed in front of Forest School is a plaque with these words:


            Friends are like quilts

            Lives pieced together,

            Stitched with smiles and tears,

            Colored with memories,

            And bound by love….

photo of the reading garden

The Quilt Maker’s Reading Garden is in honor of a beloved teacher, Mrs. Pam Mack, who lost her life to cancer after a courageous battle.


Pam’s favorite poem was “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth.  In Pam’s memory, the Forest School staff, children and friends planted daffodil bulbs in the garden after reading one of her favorite books. More than a thousand bulbs were planted!


Now, as we drive into the front of our school, the words of Wordsworth come to mind:


            When all at one I saw a crowd

            A host of golden daffodils

            fluttering and dancing in the


            The thousand saw I at a

            glance, Tossing their heads

             in sprightly dance….


The strength and courage demonstrated by our friend and colleague, Pam Mack, was unimaginable as she fought cancer for every moment she could have, and made them all count.  The compassion and caring of the staff at Forest and others, determined to stand with her during her struggle, was inexhaustible.  Pam and those involved in her life over the past few years taught us powerful lessons about life, love, friendship and what really matters.


Some people come into our lives and stay for a moment and then leave.  Others come into our lives, stay for awhile, and leave footprints on our heart.  Pam’s footprints have been left on all our hearts and all our lives have been made richer just by knowing her.  We miss our dear friend Pam.


Written by: Ms. McMinn

photo of butterfly in the garden

Photos taken by Mrs. Dionne