The staff of the Marlborough Early Childhood Education Center said a fond farewell to ECC Director Rebecca Zieminski on June 20, in a place near and dear to her heart: the ECC Peace Garden that she founded.
Zieminski, who has accepted a position in another district, met with her ECC staff on the last day of school to say good-bye, to thank them for their dedication to children, and to accept their going-away present – her own rock for the Peace Garden.
She also thanked everyone for all of the bottle caps collected over the years. With the help of the Marlborough Senior Center members, parents and volunteers, the ECC collected more than 9,000 bottle caps of various shapes and colors that recently were used as art material in the ECC Peace Garden Mural Project.
The eight “frames” are from old playground pieces. The bottle caps provide the mural medium, and the finished, framed artwork spells out the word “Peace.”
“We spent the past couple of years collecting the bottle caps,” said Zieminski. “We’ve used the caps in the classrooms, learning about colors, shapes, sizes. Then, for our last literacy event of the year, we made the mural.”
The mural pieces eventually will be weatherized for installation in the Peace Garden.
Submitted by Beth Wagner, communications liaison, Marlborough Public Schools.