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Class pursues extra mission

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Eric Green
The WHS Class of '96 approaches the All School Reunion with an extra mission. Sure, they'll renew old acquaintances and catch up on the happenings of the last decade. But for this class there is something more - it is a time to remember a classmate and friend, Eric Green, who died of cancer just three years after graduation.

Amy (Ruble) Hensley and Rachel (Heidenreich) Huisman are coordinating the events for Class of '96. "While working on planning our 10 year class reunion, Rachel and I both knew that we wanted to do something special in memory of Eric" Amy reported "and we thought it made perfect sense to have a memorial dedicated to him at the new aquatic center."

"Eric loved the pool and returned to it as often as he could," Rachel added. "I am sure many of our classmates shared that same excitement for the pool. The pool is a place for family and friends, and Eric definitely had a strong love for his family and friends."

The goal is to raise the thousand dollars needed to dedicate a brick engraved in Eric's memory in the Wall of Pride at the aquatic center. Rachel observed that she knew "If Eric were here today he would be enthusiastic about raising money to provide Cherokee with something it has needed for so long. We need to do this not only to remember Eric's passion for life and laughter, but to remember all the children in this community, and provide them with those same great memories of summer months spent at the Cherokee pool."

There is growing interest in remembering family and classmates with memorial gifts to the aquatic center/Gillette Park development. Memorial gifts are particularly suited for projects that are important, that have lasting value and for which the memorial will be prominent for some time to come. This project provides all of those attributes.

Amy and Rachel developed a web site to inform Class of 96 members of the reunion and the fund drive supporting the memorial to Eric: www.websitestoimpress.com/classof96.

Those with an interest in their class and the Eric Green memorial should check out that website. Anyone who would like to financially support this Eric Green memorial can work through that web site or could send their contribution payable to the Cherokee Community Foundation to the Park and Rec office, 530 W. Bluff St., Cherokee (please note "Eric Green Memorial" and it will be added to the Class of 96 total).

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