The project is in memory of Colton Meyer, who died in a farming accident in December 2014. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office said the 3-year-old was hit by a skid loader the night of Dec. 5, according to a news report.
Jaxson Meyer, who is in first grade at St. Mary School, and his parents Travis and Tifany are still coping with the loss of Colton, who would have been in pre-school this year.
The school, parish and community have banded together to support the grieving family. The playground, which will feature dinosaur-themed play equipment, is expected to serve as a fitting memorial and will hopefully bring joy to many children.
On Sept. 18, first-graders from St. Mary walked 5K to kick off the event. Others will be able to do the virtual event through the end of September. Money raised will be put toward building the new playground in Manchester in Colton Meyer’s honor.
The young students joined a large group of family and friends at the kickoff event. Many others have completed or will complete the virtual 5K at different times and places. The event will remain open through the end of September.
Organizers are still in the process of raising funds. The project is expected to cost $100,000. Colton loved playing and dinosaurs, which inspired the family to name the event ‘Rawrrr with Colton.’
More on ‘Rawrrr with Colton’ can be found at the organization’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/rawrrrwithcolton?fref=ts. Supporters have been posting messages and photos about their participation in the virtual 5K on that page.
Donations can also be made in Colton Meyer’s name at Citizens State Bank in Manchester.
This story is provided courtesy of The Witness, the official publication of the Archdiocese of Dubuque.