About the Design
The design preserves the generous space required for large numbers of children and adults moving back and forth from the school but also incorporates elements that will enhance the daily use of the space for all.
The key elements of the memorial design include:
- Seven solid granite benches with the names of each child and special objects carved into the benches which will symbolize the individuality of each child. The benches will be placed in a gentle curve around the back edge of the plaza pavement like falling leaves and will allow parents and children to rest and visit. Each bench will allow double sided seating so that smaller children can safely play on the lawn area encompassed by the benches and away from the vehicular travel way and movement of people back and forth.
- A large shade tree will be planted in the lawn area to provide shade in the warmer months and soften the façade of the school building.
- The plaza will be paved with thick granite slabs to provide a timeless and strong surface. The granite will be in two colors, gray and mahogany. The mahogany granite will form seven sun rays focused on each bench to symbolize the happiness that each child brought to the lives of their families, friends and community.
- Inspirational messages will be engraved into the pavement. The messages will evoke the spirit of the children and the virtues that the Plaza Towers community seeks to provide and encourage every day for all of its students.
- There will be seven silhouettes of children, three boys and four girls engraved onto granite plaques on the vertical walls forming the entrance to the school. Each silhouette will include a personal effect that they may be holding like a soccer ball or an image placed on their backpack or clothing that will represent items special to their lives. The children may be running or walking or skipping.