Heard’s parents, family and friends attended a ribbon cutting Thursday night for a large greenhouse at Free Home Elementary School, where the Canton teen attended school from 2002-07.
“I know that throughout this whole community, everyone’s always going to remember my daughter,” the teen’s mother, Nichelle Stewart, said at the ceremony. “It’s such an honor.”
Stewart works with the Cherokee County Farm Bureau, a Partner in Education with the school, which helped fund and complete the greenhouse project.
She also acts as the PTA president for Free Home, where Heard’s younger brother attends school.
“This is his last year at Free Home, so he’s excited to have this here for her, too,” she said.
Principal Karen Carl said dedicating the Free Home greenhouse in Heard’s honor was perfect, since the teen was involved in farming, which is an important part of the community she grew up in.
Heard was also involved with horse riding and was a member of the Georgia High School Rodeo Team.
“We wanted to honor the memory of our favorite farmer and cowgirl, Cheyenne Heard,” Carl said during the dedication.
Stewart said Free Home was very important to her daughter and gave her a great foundation before she went on to middle and high school.
Carmen Power, a science teacher at Free Home who taught Heard more than a decade ago, said she hopes to start using the greenhouse for lessons this year, starting with fall plants.
The teacher said Heard had a positive impact on the community and she will be remembered for always having a smile on her face.
Flowers and photographs of Heard were displayed near the greenhouse as family and school staff spoke during the dedication.
About 40 community members attended the ribbon cutting event for the greenhouse, including about a dozen of Heard’s family members, School Board Chair Janet Read, School Board member Patsy Jordan and interim member Kyla Cromer.