Laura Murphy, who taught kindergarten at North Augusta Elementary School for 12 years, was beloved by her pupils and coworkers.
“She was an amazing kindergarten teacher,” said North Augusta Elementary Principal Laurie Reese. “She took care of all of us and she would always say, ‘You know I love you, don’t you?’”
Murphy died earlier this year after a battle with cancer. On Nov. 4, the school honored her by naming it’s garden the Laura Murphy Memorial Garden.
“We decided to do a garden about a year and a half ago,” said Reese, noting that originally it was to be a South Carolina-themed garden. “When she passed, we decided to make it a memorial garden.”
Joe Pack, who helped lead a team of about 20 volunteers, said that about 100 workdays have gone into creating the garden and more are planned in the spring.
“It’s still an ongoing project,” he said.
Flowers are among the items they plan to add.
“Our goal is to have something blooming when the kids are here,” he said.
The garden will be used for a variety of activities, including class instruction and small groups with guidance, said Reese.
The garden includes a bench with Murphy’s name on it and there are plans to add a larger plaque to the entrance of the garden.
One of her family members, Raiford Rosson, was present for the dedication and called the garden “peaceful.”
“It’s a peaceful place to remember her how she would want to be remembered,” he said. “Remember what she meant to these kids and what they meant to her. They were her heart and soul.”