On Oct. 3, a dedication ceremony was held at Schreiber HS in Port Washington for a new Memorial Garden, located near the main entrance to Schreiber, adjacent to the school cafeteria. This Memorial Garden is "In Memory of All High School Graduates of Port Washington School District Who Have Passed Away But Who will Always Be in Our Hearts."
Poignant, meaningful speeches dedicating the garden were provided by Dr. Geoffrey N. Gordon, superintendent of the Port Washington School District, and by John R. Lewis, Schreiber High School principal. Attending the dedication ceremony were Schreiber students and staff members; school district administrators; board of education member Nancy Cowles and Schreiber Shubbers co-founders Naomi Beckley, Joyce Shapiro and Joan Biscaro. Also attending the ceremony was Bill Allen, who started teaching in the Port Washington School District in 1936 at the Main Street Junior High, was a guidance counselor at Weber Junior High School from 1950 to 1958, principal of Sousa Junior High School from 1958 to 1966 and principal of Schreiber High School from 1966 to 1970 when he retired. Allen knew many of the people who have been remembered so fondly in this new Memorial Garden.
Since 2001, Schreiber Shrubbers (who helped re-landscape and beautify the Schreiber campus from 1991 to 1997 through fundraising campaigns) has received many inquiries and requests for campus memorials for deceased family members and friends who graduated from high school in Port Washington. The requests substantially increased after the September 11 Memorial Garden Dedication Ceremony on the high school campus on Oct. 2, 2004. Because of very limited space available on the high school campus after the additions to the building, it seemed appropriate to landscape and plant one more Memorial Garden on the campus in memory of all Port high school deceased graduates past, present and future.
As a result, Schreiber Shrubbers re-landscaped the two-layered area near the main entrance to Schreiber and adjacent to the cafeteria. A monument and symbolic memorial plaque was placed in the front of the garden. The beautiful garden, monument and plaque will always reflect respect and love for Port Washington high school graduates who grew up in this community and who went through the Port Washington school system.
All costs associated with the new garden and plaque were paid in full by the Schreiber Shrubbers Fund with donations from members of the Port Washington community.