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High School Garden Planting Moved to Sept. 29

Garden will honor those who lost their lives during the Sikh temple attack and promote the value of diversity within the school and community.

A garden planting at Oak Creek High School that will honor those who lost their lives during the shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin has been pushed back to Sept. 29.

The garden will include a plaque and native prairie flower plantings to symbolize students' efforts to "cultivate unity and racial tolerance necessary for a healthier community."

The planting will be held at 9 a.m. with a celebration scheduled for noon. The event was originally planned for Sept. 22 but had to be moved due to logistical issues, Superintendent Sara Burmeister said.

The high school played a prominent role in the aftermath of the Aug. 5 Sikh temple shootings, hosting the funeral for the six victims and a community-wide meeting about how to move forward.

Later on Sept. 29, the Oak Creek Community Center will host "A Community United," a benefit for the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin and injured police Lt. Brian Murphy. The event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. and includes a dinner, entertainment and raffles.

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