EUGENE, Ore. - Students broke ground on a new memorial garden on school grounds to honor two South Eugene High School students who died last year.
Seniors Connor Ausland and Jack Harnsongkram died last February while on a retreat on the Oregon Coast for the Mr. Axeman fundraiser.
Their memory is the inspiration behind the Positive Change Memorial Garden planned for the school. The garden will have trees, tables and a "wall of wisdom."
"It's going to be a place where students can come and reflect and make sure they can become positive," said sophomore Isabel Moran, "and then it's also going to be a place where we can remember students who we have lost and reflect on their positive spirit."
"The Wall of Wisdom is also really good," said sophomore Jasmine Keuter, "because if people have negative thoughts, they want to get something out or they want to spread positivity, and they want to make themselves feel better, they can always come and write something good on here that might improve their attitude."
Students plan to do most of the work themselves. They still need to raise $25,000 to pay for materials.