McGahen redesigns Gillette Garden

Posted on September 14, 2015, in Events


Over the summer, the Gillette Memorial Garden in front of James W. Parker Middle School received a new design — thanks to middle school custodian Don McGahen.

McGahen, who has been with the District since 1980, voluntarily worked during his vacation to create a new design for the garden, which will be more easily maintained and allow the garden to retain its original purpose.

JWPMS Prinicpal John Hansen and his family also helped with the project.

Prior to his death in 1998, John Gillette was working with former JWPMS Art Teacher Pam Ostrander to create a garden to be used by the 8th grade science glasses and the art classes. After his death, the Gillette Garden was created in his memory. A dedication ceremony was held in the Fall of 1999.

For many years, Ostrander maintained the garden with her art students and the PTSA helped support the garden.