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SMS students plant butterfly garden to remember teacher

SMS students plant butterfly garden to remember teacher

  • Grace Christensen tries on her garden party hat at South Meadow School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Butterfly decorations graced South Meadow School in Peterborough for a new garden dedication on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Brianna Crowell decorates the garden in front of South Meadow School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • A sign in front of South Meadow School commemorates a butterfly garden in honor of late, long-time teacher Jane Momeyer. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • A sign in front of South Meadow School commemorates a butterfly garden in honor of late, long-time teacher Jane Momeyer. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Teachers at South Meadow School in Peterborough prepare for the butterfly garden dedication on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Students at South Meadow School in Peterborough try on their garden party hats on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Eamon Welby models his garden party hat at South Meadow School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Maddy Carpentiere works hard preparing “dirt cups” on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Grace Christensen and Maddy Carpentiere make “dirt cups” on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Grace Christensen and Maddy Carpentiere make “dirt cups” on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Natasha Oldread, Grace Christensen and Maddy Carpentiere make “dirt cups” on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Grace Christensen and Maddy Carpentiere make ‘dirt cups’ during a dedication of a butterfly garden in memory of a teacher. STAFF PHOTOS BY BRANDON LATHAM

  • Students at South Meadow School in Peterborough dedicate a butterfly garden on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Students at South Meadow School in Peterborough dedicate a butterfly garden on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Students at South Meadow School in Peterborough dedicate a butterfly garden on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Eileen Couture invites students and guests to plant flowers at a butterfly garden dedication at South Meadow School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Students at South Meadow School in Peterborough dedicate a butterfly garden on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Eileen Couture says she greatly misses her friend’s “support, love and friendship” at dedication of a butterfly garden at South Meadow School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Students at South Meadow School in Peterborough dedicate a butterfly garden on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Jackson Gagnon helps plant flowers in South Meadow School’s butterfly garden on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Students at South Meadow School in Peterborough lay “angel houses” in their butterfly garden on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Jackson Gagnon helps plant flowers in South Meadow School’s butterfly garden on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Jonas Ingram and Brian Ross show off an “angel house” they laid in South Meadow’s butterfly garden on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Couture says they did the most hard work on preparing the garden. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Students at South Meadow School in Peterborough dedicate a butterfly garden on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Guests were invited to help plant flowers in South Meadow School’s new butterfly garden on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Students at South Meadow School in Peterborough dedicate a butterfly garden on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Students at South Meadow School in Peterborough dedicate a butterfly garden on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Students at South Meadow School in Peterborough dedicate a butterfly garden on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Students at South Meadow School in Peterborough dedicate a butterfly garden on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Students at South Meadow School in Peterborough dedicate a butterfly garden on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Students at South Meadow School in Peterborough dedicate a butterfly garden on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, June 13, 2016 8:36PM

Students and teachers at South Meadow School in Peterborough came together last Thursday to dedicate a butterfly garden to a teacher who helped create it 16 years ago.

The event was equal parts celebration and memorial. When long-time SMS teacher Jane Momeyer died in August, the school went to work honoring her by bringing back her garden.

Eileen Couture, a Family and Consumer Science teacher who helped make the original garden, organized the project.

“I saw this garden and thought, ‘It’d be nice if I could bring this back,’” she said.

After working nearly every day – even through the thankfully mild winter – the garden was officially dedicated with a small party for students and guests.

Couture gave a short speech in which she remarked that everyone misses Momeyer’s “support, love and friendship.” She then invited guests to plant flowers with the students.

As the party went on, the butterfly garden theme really came out.

Some students served “dirt cups,” desserts made of pudding, crushed Oreo cookies and gummy worms. Others wore hats they crafted themselves from tape and newspaper.

“We decided that since it was a garden party we would make them,” student Hayley Monroe said about the hats. “Let’s have fun with it,” she said.

Even the kids who did not know Momeyer, whose husband attended, knew how important the project was.

Tracie Dailey said, “It was important to Miss Couture, so I guess it was important to us.”

Couture considered Momeyer one of her closest friends.

“You know who you share secrets with certain people – you don’t tell everybody but there’s some people you can,” she asked. “She was one of those close companions.”

She described seeing the garden completed as bittersweet. Students, including Dailey, agreed it felt gratifying. “We’ve been working on it forever,” she said.

Jane’s Garden, as its sign reads, is filled with flowers that were grown from seed in the school’s greenhouse.

Angel houses, small structures students constructed from natural building blocks like twigs and bark, decorate the space.

“We did everything by hand,” said Couture, including removing trees and roots. “We had a rototiller guy lined up, but he never showed up so we said, ‘We don’t need no stinkin’ rototiller guy.’”

As recently as September, the ground was covered by invasive day lilies, and the trees were blocking the school windows.

Students sold the lilies they dug out of the garden, making $100. That money will go to installing a stone border to protect the garden.

Jane’s Garden will be improved and maintained for future years.

 

Brandon Latham can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or blatham@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @blathamMLT.