Photo courtesy of Grayson County Schools Grayson County High School Senior Class officers are awarded for their leadership. Pictured left to right are: Principal Josh Baldwin, Lincoln Nichols, Emery Crume, Princess Reed, Dylan Geary and Shanna McClung.

Photo courtesy of Grayson County Schools

Grayson County High School Senior Class officers are awarded for their leadership. Pictured left to right are: Principal Josh Baldwin, Lincoln Nichols, Emery Crume, Princess Reed, Dylan Geary and Shanna McClung.

The Grayson County High School senior class officers plan to create a memorial garden to honor all of the students who died before they were able to graduate from the school since its creation in 1974.

The memorial garden will consist of a landscaped garden with a sidewalk made of pavers engraved with the names and graduation year of each student who passed away before they could graduate.

"It will be very attractive with a curvy sidewalk," said senior class counselor Mona Higdon

Class members are collecting names of those who have died from past annuals. Higdon has an annual from every year except 1974 and 1975. Additionally, some of the annuals came out early in the year or did not have a memorial section. Anyone who can help add to the list of names is asked to contact Mona Higdon.

"We don't want to miss anybody," she said, "Email me the names of students who have passed away from your graduating class."

Organizers have about 100 names so far and expect to purchase 400-500 pavers so that names can be added as needed. They want the garden to be used for decades to come.

According to Higdon, the students would also like to include plaques for the teachers who passed away while they worked at GCHS.

The students were able to raise $3,850 by hosting a winter formal.

However, they did not make enough to complete the project. Donations are welcome and checks can be made out to GCHS Memorial fund.

Although they are still in the information gathering phase, the senior class has volunteered to help with landscaping in the spring and they hope to get the sidewalk started earlier than that. Higdon also hopes that local businesses involved in landscaping will be able to help.

For more information, or to donate money or time, contact Mona Higdon at mona.higdon@grayson.kyschools.us.