Donations Needed for Weaver Reading Grove Memorial Upgrades; Local Efforts Under Way to Honor Memories of Three Little Boys
West Memphis Evening Times
Sunday, May 5, 2013, marks the 20th anniversary of the murders of
8-year-old Cub Scouts Michael Moore, Chris Byers and Steve Branch in
A fund has been set up to honor the boys by making upgrades and improvements to their memorial at their former school, Weaver Elementary in West Memphis.
The memorial is called "The Weaver Reading Grove." It was constructed
in 1994 on the playground of Weaver Elementary. It consists of a gazebo,
benches and a memorial stone honoring the boys.
Grissom, principal of Weaver Elementary, has set up a fund to pay for
landscaping around the gazebo. Plans are under way to build a flower
bed, which will hold 20 yellow rose bushes to mark the 20th anniversary
of their deaths. The estimated cost is $2,800 and will be done by TC
Landscaping in conjunction with O'Neal Landscaping of West Memphis.
$500 has been collected from donors so far. If additional funds over
and above $2,800 are collected, the money will be used for future Weaver
Reading Grove and playground maintenance.
In addition, West
Memphis Realtors Michael and Lesia Ford with Coldwell Banker Heritage
Homes are organizing and funding an effort to repaint the gazebo in
brighter colors, repair some damaged benches, add trash receptacles and
cover exposed nails in the ceiling. Organizers are hopeful the landscaping and refurbishing will be funded and complete by May 5.
If you would like to make a donation in memory of Michael, Chris and
Steve to the Weaver Elementary Reading Grove/Playground Fund, please
send your donation to the school at the following address: Weaver Elementary Reading Grove/Playground Fund 1280 East Barton Ave. West Memphis, AR 72301 For more information contact Sheila Grissom, Weaver Elementary School principal, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-735-7670.