Cuyahoga Falls elementary school students help build veteran tribute garden

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ben Geiss and his classmates at Richardson Elementary School in Cuyahoga Falls spent the day giving back to their community.

They built benches and planted flowers for the school’s future veteran tribute garden.

“When they went through war and training, it was not easy, so the least we can do is make these benches for them and their families,” said Geiss.

The money for the garden came from ServeOhio, which promotes volunteerism and important life skills.

“You know we’re just teaching our students that we are in a world, we share it together and we need to give back to everyone,” said Julie Hall, principal at Richardson Elementary School.

Hall comes from a military family, so this project is very near and dear to her heart.

“This is a very important piece of history, and just to show our veterans and what not and the hands-on experience,” said Hall. “And these are memories that will last a lifetime, so it’s important we give our students these opportunities.”

Even though the tribute garden won’t be finished until sometime next year, Geiss says a lot of hard work went into it.

“It was everyone, those people in the garden, working their butts off. There are people who made benches working their butts off, and we just finished,” said Geiss.

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Tiarra Braddock

Tiarra Braddock

Tiarra Braddock joined 19 News in January of 2020. Before coming to Cleveland, Tiarra was a reporter at WJET 24 News in Erie, PA.