WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School junior Clara Christian is going for her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement awarded by Scouts, to make the world a better place. Her project is “Veronica’s Garden,” a sensory garden for people with special needs located off Mountain Avenue within Mindowaskin Park.
The garden is inspired by Clara’s cousin, Veronica, who is 14 and has Down Syndrome.
On March 10, the Westfield Town Council approved the project, with support and guidance from Westfield Town Administrator Jim Gildea. It will take up approximately 2,500 square feet in total.
Clara needs about $2,000 more in donations by some time in October to finish the garden, said her mother this week. (If you’d like to learn more about Clara’s project or donate, see her website HERE.)
Help from the city and businesses
The public and private project has taken over a year and a half