WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Woodford County and surrounding communities are coming collectively to have a good time and honor the lifetime of an 8-year-old pupil killed in a automotive crash. Folks in Mercer County are utilizing their abilities and skills to create a memorial bench in his honor.
Welders on the Campbellsville College Harrodsburg campus are engaged on a memorial bench for 8-year-old Ritter Polston, who misplaced his life final week after a automobile collision in Lexington.
Welding teacher Jim Lamirande, says, “We began Tuesday morning and right here we’re Wednesday morning, and you may see that the bench is fairly effectively framed out and we’re gonna do some ending touches.”
Lamirande has grandkids at Huntertown Elementary College. His daughter thought this may be a good way to honor Ritter. As a former grade college educator who has misplaced college students over time, he is aware of losses like this one affect the whole neighborhood.
“The folks of Versailles and Woodford County say, ‘Hey these folks come collectively outdoors the neighborhood and really assist honor this younger man’,” stated Lamirande.
As soon as this store’s venture is full, greater than 40 hours of labor could have gone into this bench – a reminiscence that can final a number of generations.
“One of many college students had requested the trainer in the event that they have been gonna do a bench for Ritter,” stated Huntertown Elementary principal Elaine Kaiser. “So, when Jim contacted me, it was actually good as a result of that youngster will get to see the bench for his classmate.”
Ritter’s bench shall be positioned on the college with a tree and flowers. College leaders say that is an space college students frequent and has grow to be a memorial backyard for different college students which have handed away. Jim hopes college students at all times hold Ritter of their recollections.
Lamirande believes Ritter will not be forgotten.
“I feel that would be the largest half as a result of he is such a younger life, a second-grader and he had one other 4 years at that faculty and the children which might be rising up transferring on into the center college and highschool, they’ll nonetheless see this bench in his honor,” stated Lamirande.
Campbellsville College employees says this welding venture straight aligns with their core values – they’re working with others to make a distinction. The bench is anticipated to be put in on the college early subsequent week.