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Rock Garden Ceremony at East Hills

East Hills Elementary School held two unveiling ceremonies of their colorful rock gardens in front of the building on Friday, June 17, 2022. The gardens were created in memory of Melanie Chaite, a former Roslyn graduate who passed away in 2020. 

Inspired by the book Only One You, by Linda Kranz, each student painted their own rock fish. "While each rock is unique, the beauty and strength is when the community of rocks comes together," said Principal Sherry Ma during the ceremony. Quoting from the book, she said, “ ‘There is one you in this world, make it a better place.’ With grace and loving kindness, Melanie made it a much better place.”

Click here for a gallery of photographs from the ceremonies.

Click here to watch the ceremony.

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