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Tellgren’s Terrace garden opens behind Springville Elementary School

THE GANG’S ALL HERE — Students and adults who helped bring the garden to fruition gathered for a photo, after the ceremony. Pictured, left to right, back row: Bill Card, Lowe’s assistant store manager; PTA representative Julie Moriarty; Springville Elementary School Principal Marcole Feuz and Lowe’s sales specialist Matt Hartung with SES students and Scott Tellgren (seated, center). Photos by Lizz Schumer.
SPRINGVILLE — Tellgren’s Terrace is now officially open, behind Springville Elementary School. The garden and outdoor classroom features a collection of benches, picnic tables, a brick patio and a sculpture of butterflies in flight, all instated for the school and community, in honor of former SES Principal Scott Tellgren.

Tellgren’s Terrace has been in the works since May 2011, when Parent-Teacher Association representative Julie Moriarty applied for the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant, which was awarded, in the amount of $5,000. Members of the PTA, students and staff worked, side-by-side, to construct the brick patio, benches, picnic tables and gardens, stocked with perennials that will bloom, year after year.

“We had teachers and students lined up, side-by-side, passing bricks from one to the other, to make this patio,” Moriarty said, gesturing to the terrace. “A lot of people put in a lot of hours, to make it all come together.”

The garden and outdoor classroom, including a sculpture by Ashford Hollow artists in residence, was officially unveiled, during a ceremony at the garden, on May 20.

Springville Elementary School Principal Marcole Feuz thanked Lowe’s Toolbox for Education for the grant, the Ashford Hollow Foundation for creating the sculpture, Gernatt gravel pit and Dave Miller for donating the gravel and mulch, David and Claire Brown of D&H Landscaping for helping design the garden, the Dziak family for donating time and talents and the Springville-Griffith Institute grounds crew for its “tremendous support” in helping volunteers to construct the landscape.

“It never would have been possible, without the many volunteers, who donated their time and talents,” she said.

Feuz also thanked Moriarty for securing the grant and helping the project come to fruition.

MAN OF THE HOUR — Betsy and Scott Tellgren posed for a photo in front of Scott Tellgren’s namesake bench and the statue dedicated to him.
“You really embraced the project and made it a reality. We’ve seen people eating dinner at the picnic tables, enjoying the garden and really making it their own. We owe you a debt of gratitude,” she said, to Moriarty.

Feuz also spoke to Tellgren, for whom the garden is named.

“Thank you, for sharing yourself with the SES community, for so many years. You are a tremendous inspiration, for your dedication to education, to perseverance and to never giving up,” Feuz said. “Scott is a true family man, a community member and my mentor. He’s why I’m here. This project is to give back and honor him, for students to utilize and enjoy now and for many years to come. This garden will continue to give, just like Mr. Tellgren has done.”

Feuz enumerated some of Tellgren’s accomplishments, during his time with the S-GI District and in the community, including instating video announcements at SES, coaching for Springville Youth Inc., taking thousands of photographs of events, around the district and encouraging advances in technology and the arts.

“I would not be where I am today, if I did not have Scott as my mentor, my lifelong friend and my confidant,” Feuz said. “He’s always been willing to listen and offer advice.”

Art teacher Rebecca Szpaicher explained that the fifth grade class worked with the Ashford Hollow artists in residence, to decide whether to work in aluminum casting, bronze casting or metal sculptures, this year. The class decided on metal sculptures and worked together, to design the large-scale design that now sits in Tellgren’s Terrace.

“The students designed the [sculpture] out of paper and the artists took it back to their studio, welded it and painted it,” she explained, adding that the figure weighs approximately 500 pounds. “We thank the district for supporting the arts in education. This sculpture depicts butterflies in flight. Mr. Tellgren always did his own artwork, while he was here. At first, we couldn’t get him into the arts. After a while, we couldn’t get him to leave. Mr. Tellgren, this is for you.”

Tellgren’s wife Betsy spoke, on behalf of her husband.

“Thank you all, for the bottom of our hearts,” she said. “Scott loved his time here and was very happy to say that this was his home. Thank you all.”

S-GI Board of Education Member Joan Kelly also spoke to those assembled, about Scott Tellgren and his impact on the school and the community.

“As we all walk down the road of life, there are three types of people we meet. We meet those who love to leave footprints on our heads. We meet those who love to leave their footprints on our gluteus maximuses, but it’s those who leave their footprints on our hearts that we will always remember and love. Those people leave their footprints on the world, on both children and adults, including me.

“Congratulations on a job well done,” she said. “Thank you, Mr. Tellgren, for your service to this school and to this community.”

Feuz closed the ceremony, by recalling what she called her favorite photograph of Tellgren, in which he is shown reading a book to students, while wearing a “Cat in the Hat” top hat.

“One of my favorite quotes from that book is, ‘Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened,’” she said, to Tellgren, adding, “Scott, you have a lot to smile about.”

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