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2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Hts., OH 44118
216.321.0079 (Office) 216.321.7056 (Fax)  

19824 Sussex Rd. Shaker Hts., OH 44122
216.921.2023 (Office) 216.283.3580 (Fax)  

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Debra Ann November Learning Garden

The Debra Ann November Learning Garden was dedicated in May 2008 in memory of Debra Ann November, and is enjoyed during school hours by the children in the early childhood programs of Shaker Family Center . The garden is a welcoming retreat for the community at other times.

The generous support of Mort and Iris November, Billie Howland Steffee Family Fund and The Hershey Foundation enabled the creation of a wonderful outdoor classroom from an underused, deteriorating and unattractive asphalt area. The garden, accessible for children and adults of all abilities, provides a year round space for exploration of nature and habitat.   


Enter to enjoy the garden through a vine covered cedar pergola designed and built by Rick Nelson of  Nelson Restoration.  A whimsical, cabbage shaped fountain designed by Little & Lewis of Bainbridge Island, WA is surrounded by benches for quiet enjoyment.  A section of the garden is devoted to a variety of indigenous plants from the Ohio Prairie Nursery of Hiram, Ohio.  A grassy circle surrounds a reading rock…the perfect place for relaxing or family fun.  Statuary in planting sections adds to the appeal for children of all ages.    

You can purchase a paver and have it inscribed to honor or memorialize children, teachers, former Sussex Elementary School alumni, or special people or events.  These pavers create a permanent path through the garden connecting the entryway to playing fields and tennis courts at Shaker Family Center. Paverorder forms are available at Family Connections. 

For more information regarding pavers or contributions to the Learning Garden, contact Susie Cargile at 216-921-2023 or send her an email.

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