Grateful parents and students, both past and present, are encouraged to attend the dedication of the Phyllis Abraham Children’s Butterfly Garden on the northeast section of the grounds at Peel Mansion on Monday, April 18 at 3:30. The garden will be permanently designated by a sign that reads “The Phyllis Abraham Children’s Butterfly Garden.” The donations were raised by last year’s class along with many other gifts. The donations allowed the purchase of an irrigation system that will keep the garden a showcase during the hottest or driest of summers.
Green, gardens, and butterflies are all part of Abraham’s legacy from her 17 years of teaching children at R.E. Baker the wonders and responsibilities of caring for nature. Her many accomplishments include recognition as “Teacher of the Year” by the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce and the Green Achiever Award by the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks. She wrote the grants that made the $10,000 greenhouse possible at R.E. Baker where she teaches and even helped install it! Phyllis Abraham, however, says the most important awards she will treasure as she retires at the conclusion of this school year, are the letters and visits she has received over the years from former students.
“It is wonderful to see them grow up and remember specific things that I had taught them. I truly love what I do. I believe in teaching the whole child to become a caring, independent learner that wants to nourish and protect our earth through being an environmental steward with recycling, gardening, establishing butterfly gardens, and feed our neighbors with the bountiful fruits of our labors,” Abraham stated.
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