School memorial in honour of April
PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 October 2015
A PRIMARY school has opened a memorial garden in honour of a pupil who died ‘suddenly and tragically’ earlier this year.
Seven-year-old April Reeves was killed in May when she was out cycling with her family and was involved in a collision with a car.
April was cycling on the combined footpath and cycleway, next to the 60mph A371 between RAF Locking and the Helicopter Museum, with her mother and 10-year-old brother when the incident occurred.
Headteacher Joanne Jones said: “During the May half term break, Locking School was devastated to learn of the sudden and tragic death of April, a pupil at our school.
“The school community came together immediately with assemblies, involvement of counsellors and a huge walk along the A371 and through Locking village.
“It was always the plan to work on a longer term project which would act as a positive memorial to April’s life.”
After April’s death, tributes and memorial events were held across Locking, Weston and beyond, including a community walk along the road where she died.
People also dressed in pink, April’s favourite colour, to show their respects.
But staff at Locking Primary School wanted to do something which would act as a lasting tribute.
Mrs Jones told the Mercury: “April loved flowers, butterflies and everything pink. It therefore seemed fitting to create a garden combining all of these favourite things which could be used by all members of the school community.”
The school’s gardening club won the Persimmion Homes ‘create a garden’ competition and was granted £500 to put towards the project.
Mrs Jones said: “The garden created is absolutely magnificent, turning an unused piece of land into a tranquil yet vibrant area of the school grounds.
“On Wednesday, with the sun shining, we officially opened the garden. All parents of pupils in year three along with April’s family were invited for cakes and tea after the cutting of the pink ribbon. A fantastic afternoon was had by all.”