On a cool, crisp fall morning, a group of Cople teachers, students, WMLCPS staff, and School Board members gathered together to celebrate the life of a Cople student. Journei Kadyin Booker passed away on March 30, 2019. She was seven years old. In her short life, she endured physical limitations but still came to school to learn and be with her fellow special needs classmates in Mrs. Settle’s class. She loved to smile and laugh. In her funeral program, Journei’s brief life was summed up. “She had a smile that was contagious. Regardless of how bad it seemed, her smile would brighten any situation. Although Journei may have had some physical limitations, she certainly made up for it in love, personality, and affection.”
To honor her memory, members of the Cople Parent Teacher Organization, decided to create a small garden that students would pass each day and remember their classmate. Featuring two small benches, students and the community may quietly sit and contemplate the flowers and butterflies that will be attracted to the myriad of flowers in Journei’s Garden. Journei’s name is spelled out on large rocks that border the edges of the garden. Additionally, a similar rock with the letter “J” was given to her parents to place at their home. Solar lights will highlight the garden every night.
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Stones in the garden spell out Journei’s name.