Fourth-grade student Daylen Jones lost his life in a tragic accident and Regina-Howell Elementary is ensuring that he will not be forgotten. A celebration was held in his honor that included a garden dedication and basketball jersey retirement.
A Kindness Rock Garden was recently unveiled at the campus. PTA donated the supplies and art teacher Dayna Dyrhaug worked out a schedule for every student to paint a rock. “Unfortunately, we lost Daylen the week after the students started painting,” explained principal Kimberly Janeaux. “Since this sweet boy was a perfect picture of kindness, the idea was presented to dedicate the garden to him and that is exactly what we did.”
Family, friends, staff, PTA, Christian Fellowship and students gathered in the gym for the dedication ceremony with included students performing songs about friendship and kindness. “The children were all touched and attentive during the ceremony,” said PTA president Gracie Liu Anderson. “It was emotional and many children were crying, especially those who grew up with Daylen.”
Daylen's parents were presented with artwork created by their son which was framed and presented by Dyrhaug. They also received the rock that Daylen had painted, along with a rock they could keep.
As part of the celebration, Daylen's basketball number was retired. A framed jersey with his name on it in the lobby was unveiled to his family and basketball team. “The ceremony ended with a speech from basketball coach JJ Garrett and the retirement of jersey #32,” said Janeaux. “Daylen will always be a part of Regina Howell Elementary.”