Students hope to help cemetery

November 29, 2018

A group of young people in Schuyler are doing their part to help honor the community’s past.

The Schuyler Central High School Honor Society recently donated a little more than $700 to the Schuyler Cemetery Association to help with the repairs needed for its chapel. The Honor Society group raised $717.60 through a Sept. 15 “Burger Bash” event at Didier’s and then presented a check for the same amount to the Cemetery Association at its meeting earlier this month.

“I hope it shows them that the youth in the community are willing to do what is necessary to get it done and keep it nice because they want to come back and enjoy the community their grandparents, their elders, remember it being,” said SCHS Language Arts Teacher Mandy Yosten, who also helps out with the school’s honor society. “They want to keep Schuyler a beautiful place to live and grow.”

Each year, the SCHS Honor Society picks out a different service project in an effort to help with a community cause. At the beginning of the school year, Yosten said some students brought the cemetery’s need for funds to the group, and members decided to support it.

“They wanted to keep the money local,” Yosten said. “That was very important to them.”

Willard Horak, president of the Schuyler Cemetery Association, praised the students for their efforts. Horak said the cemetery association has limited funding, which made the donation all the more exciting with some recent repairs to the chapel, which had water getting inside it. The donation, Horak noted, will help with that expense and more.

“I think it’s really nice for the young people to get involved with things in the community. We didn’t ask or anything, they just volunteered,” he said. “It’s nice to have the young people get involved. We didn’t expect it, so it was a nice surprise.”

The generosity has only just begun, though. Yosten said the $700-plus given so far is the first of several donations the honor society plans to make.

“We hope to step up our game in the second semester,” she said, noting many of her 35-plus student members are involved with extracurricular activities that keep them busy. “These are hardworking kids.”

Those who have interest in contributing to their efforts can call Yosten at 402-352-2421. Meanwhile, Horak remains happy about the giving spirit of the young people and others in Schuyler.

“We’re very thankful,” he said. “It was great to see they did so well with their fundraiser. I didn’t know what to expect. I think they did a real nice job. They’re a real nice bunch of kids.”

Matt Lindberg is the managing editor of the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at matt.lindberg@lee.net.

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