Suntree Elementary School finally has its Legacy Garden, a space it long wanted for parents, teachers and staff.

“It is a space that represents the beautiful Suntree community,” Principal Shari Tressler said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the garden. “What better way to show our school pride.”

Engraved brick pavers honor and celebrate teachers and staff, including some who have long retired or moved on to other positions or schools. Tressler said many teachers retired last year, including some who were there when the school first opened in 1992.

Tressler thanked Boy Scouts Troop 524 for its work and for providing benches for the garden. She also thanked Valderrama Orthodontics and Elite Pavers for their part in making the garden a reality. She said the PTO helped to make the garden a reality.

“This legacy garden represents some of the founding members of Suntree Elementary going back to the first principal, Mr. Jennings,” Tressler said.

Former teachers and staff were on hand for the dedication of the garden that was 30 years in the making.

“This special project from Suntree has been such an honor,” said Holly McKenna, who has worked for Brevard Schools for 35 years, 18 of them at Suntree Elementary. “The Suntree family is the best.”

Lisa Larkin was pleased to be back at the school for the dedication of the legacy garden.

“This was my first administrative job many years ago,” she said. “I loved my time here. I did a third of my career here at this school.”

Parents, teachers and former staff were present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony held last month. They each stood next to the engraved brick in their honor. It was sort of a reunion and celebration for former staff who had not seen each other in a while.

“This is amazing, we weren’t sure how many people to expect,” she said. “This is absolutely amazing.”