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Rock garden at Carmel school honors teacher’s memory, aims to teach about kindness

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — There’s a new rock garden outside of a local school that honors the life of a teacher who passed away earlier this year. 

The garden is outside of Smoky Row Elementary in Carmel. 

Each student in the school wrote a positive message on the rock. 

The goal was to teach the students that kindness matters and to honor the life of Dawn Matters. 

She was a teacher at the school and an instructional coach for teachers. 

She passed away after fighting breast cancer in July. 

Those who knew her said she exemplified kindness.