A Bench for Blake

Students returning to campus may have noticed large, blue bins asking for bottle caps of various sorts; the reason is actually for a great, local cause: A Bench for Blake.

Lewis and Clark Community College Nursing Division Assistant Diane McDonough said students should get involved because it is a worthy cause.

“The idea behind ‘A Bench for Blake’ was to create a memorial for fallen St. Louis County Police officer, Blake Snyder, in which the College’s students and employees along with the surrounding community could contribute,” McDonough said. “Blake and his brother, Adam, were students at L&C and played soccer for the Trailblazers. Their father, Dick Snyder, retired from L&C after 32 years of being with the College. This is an easy way for students to participate in creating a memorial for Blake without it costing them a dime. Most anyone can collect plastic caps and lids pretty easily.”

Nursing students are planning a competition throughout the next four semesters. “Hopefully, other departments will do something similar to create awareness and interest in this project,” McDonough said. Officer Blake’s bench will have a permanent home on L&C’s soccer field.

“Hopefully, other departments will do something similar to create awareness and interest in this project,” McDonough said. Officer Blake’s bench will have a permanent home on L&C’s soccer field.

Officer Blake’s bench will have a permanent home on L&C’s soccer field.

“Students can see it and know that they played a part in creating it,” McDonough said. “This community was deeply saddened by Blake’s death and the sacrifice he made to protect others. The outpouring of support this area showed was something that I have never seen before and will never forget. These benches will help keep the legacy of Blake alive for many years to come.”

There is no deadline as to when the college will stop collecting bottle caps. The goal is to reach 500 pounds.

There are restrictions on what kinds of caps are acceptable. See the graphic accompanying this article for specifics.

HANNAH AUSTON
hauston@lc.edu