specter of war with Iraq hangs over the world, when racial, ethnic,
religious and sexual orientation prejudices and biases appear more
pronounced, it is most satisfying to learn about a group of high
schoolers advocating for a peace and friendship garden at Hoover High
Linda Maxwell and Jose Quintanar of We Care for Youth are
assisting about 15 to 20 young people from the Peace Leadership
Institute, a summer program of the SPIRIT council, in planning for
and working toward creating this garden on the Hoover High campus.
The garden, when completed, will serve not only as a symbol of peace
and friendship most all of us seek, but as a daily reminder of what
the goals for young and old alike should be.
Students like Frida Aboulyan, Cookie Tello, Monica Martinez, Tayde
Sanchez, Antonio Sanchez and others indicate they would also like to
leave something of value behind at Hoover when they graduate.
In addition to the design planning and the placement of and
decision making as to types of plants, trees, statuary, and so on,
there is plenty of hard work ahead, such as pulling out ivy, weeds
and grass, as well as soil renovation, tilling and planting. The
young people remain undaunted, however, and the garden design is
being worked on at present.
There will be work of another sort to do, soliciting for money or
in-kind materials and products. The plan, if it includes a fountain
or other statuary, will cost somewhere in the vicinity of $1,000.
Anyone interested in donating money can make a check payable to
either We Care for Youth-Orientation or to Hoover High School. If you
have questions, please call 599-8598.
I believe this is a most worthy project, not only for its
aesthetic benefit to the school, but also the fact that these
students will get back to nature or Mother Earth -- back to the
basics, in essence -- and will continue learning the importance of
the physical environment, the work ethic, the joy of doing and
completing something worthwhile and the importance of giving and
bettering their community.
All the students involved in this project should be fully
supported and funded by this city and commended for their ideas, hard