Purpose of the project, according to
parent Sandy Poppiti, who is coordinating the effort, is to
create a memorial that will renew itself each spring.
"It will help keep their memory alive. When people go by here
it'll remind them of what happened," said student Mike Merritt.
A.I. du Pont High
School students who turned out to begin the planting
"We think people will remember this
for a long time," added student Stephanie Woods.
The flowers will bloom on a plot of ground which separates the
parking area in front of the school from Hillside Road in
Greenville. They will be evident throughout the year but each
spring will come forth with an array of mostly yellow blossoms,
explained Steve Castorano, a parent who owns Gateway, a garden
shop in Hockessin.
It was his wife, Peg, who came up
with the idea both as a way of expressing solidarity with the
victims and beautifying the school. The P.T.S.A. adopted the
idea quickly and several students have been enthusiastic about
it, Poppiti said. The organization expects to raise between
$1,500 and $2,000 to finance the project.
Student volunteers turned out on Oct. 21 to begin the planting,
but ran into difficulty drilling holes in the drought-hardened
ground. The organizing committee decided to seek professional
help to do that later in the week. After that, each of the bulbs
will be put in place individually.
Student Mike Pulish said the display "will make a statement and
raise consciousness" among those who see it.
The attacks "were a wake-up call for our generation," said
student Deepa Rao. "A lot of us were too comfortable thinking
something like that couldn't happen here."