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Dedication ceremony for Leah Clark Sunday

E.J. Cottrell Memorial Library patrons donated an apple tree in honor of Leah Clark to Dinky Doo Petting Zoo and Pony Rides Too

By Jasmine Willis
The Express
A Leah Clark dedication will be held at her favorite zoo on Nov. 8 at 1 p.m.

WAYLAND — The Dinky Doo Petting Zoo and Pony Rides Too will be holding a dedication ceremony for Leah Clark on Sunday, Nov. 8.  

Leah Clark, 6, of Wayland had her young life cut way too short in a car accident on Route 63 on Sept. 14.  

The community has honored this little girl’s memory in numerous ways since the accident. The E.J. Cottrell Memorial Library patrons donated an apple tree in honor of Leah Clark to the petting zoo. The dedication ceremony is Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. at Dinky Doo Petting Zoo and Pony Rides Too.  

Cherie Carter, Dinky Doo Petting Zoo and Pony Rides Too owner, said she has been devastated that more isn't being done for this little girl and her family. Jessica Pasquale of the E.J. Cottrell Memorial Library contacted Carter about the apple tree donation.  

“Jessica had some little ones of her own and I could tell this meant a lot to her. She was very emotional about this tragedy. She talked to me about how the Atlanta Library was going to donate an apple tree in little Leah’s memory,” Carter said. “We are going to plant it right by the Dinky Doo Barn. I want to raise some funds for a bench too. I would like to have a bench put next to the tree, so people can sit by it. I would like to have a praying angel by the tree as well.”  

The family has been thinking of other ways to honor Leah Clark. The memorial site at the sign still stands as people drive by. There are butterfly pins at the zoo for a donation. Now this tree will stand at the zoo for many years to come.  

Carter added that Covid-19 has hurt many small-town businesses like hers over the last few months. Most of the people who came to her zoo and leather shop were strangers. She misses seeing the community support, the little ones like Leah Clark who always came to her zoo.  

Dinky Doo Petting Zoo and Pony Rides Too is located at 1864 Rt. 63 in Wayland. The hours of operation are Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They can be reached at 585-978-5611.