Ben Barshefsky

A Beautiful Dedication

Dear Sunderland Families and Friends,

On Wednesday, September 24th, Sunderland Elementary School staff gathered with members of Mr. Merritt’s family at the site of our new perennial garden for a beautiful dedication ceremony.  The perennial garden was built to help remind us of the beautiful person, teacher, principal, father and friend that Mr. Merritt was.
Tim was an individual who was so full of life, laughter, love, and humor.  In a way, his gorgeous personality has been reflected with this garden.  Mr. Merritt was a colorful person with so many amazing qualities.  One cannot help but think that each individual plant or shrub in the garden is a reflection of some of Tim’s many fine traits.

I would like to thank Guillermo Cuellar, a Sunderland resident and artist, for his tireless work in designing this garden.  The garden will provide the Sunderland school community with many years of beauty and enjoyment. 

It is hard to believe one whole year has gone by since Mr. Merritt’s passing.  Tim meant a great deal to so many people and we all have our own fond, special memories of him.

The following is a poem written by our 2nd grade teacher, Lee Worthley.  Lee read this poem during the dedication ceremony.

“As long as we live,
You will live.
As long as we live,
You will be remembered.
As long as we live,
You will be loved.
In this garden footprint,
Mired in color and light and beauty,
We will always remember.”

We miss you dearly Mr. Merritt.

Ben Barshefsky



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