RUMFORD – Mountain Valley High School students and faculty joined family and friends of Sewell and Polly Weeks to dedicate the new Senior Garden donated in honor of the Weeks’ many years of service to the SAD 43 school district.
The garden will be used as a peaceful gathering place for students to visit and relax, for outdoor classes and as a shady resting place following sports practice. Seniors, who are excused from study halls, will find it a pleasant place to spend the time they are not required to be in class. The garden was donated and constructed by the Weeks family.
The Senior Garden replaces an older one that had fallen into disrepair. The junior and senior classes specifically requested a shade tree and comfortable benches where they could sit and visit. A crimson maple in the center of the garden will provide shade in a few years. Four sturdy benches are placed around the garden. Daughter Judy Weeks, a counselor at the school, built the benches with help from her son Dan.
Sewell (Ben) Weeks was principal of the Mexico Jr. High School from 1968 to 1978. His wife, Polly, taught third grade at the Virginia School from 1968 to 1983. John Heuring, Pastor of the Dixfield Church of the Nazarene, gave the dedicatory prayer. He pointed out that the Weeks’ lives, dedicated to helping children, exemplified those who have given their all to help others.
Principal Matthew Gilbert suggested the Senior Garden as a suitable memorial when Judy and her brother, Tom, indicated they wanted to make a donation to the school in honor of their parents.