Fundraiser held for memorial garden at Westside

Westside memorial garden fundraiser

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - To commemorate the 21st anniversary of the Westside school shooting, bikers gathered Saturday to raise money to help maintain the memorial garden dedicated to those who lost their lives that day.

This was the seventh year for the fundraiser. Money collected is used to keep the grounds in good condition.

“It means a lot to me and my wife because we were both here when the shooting happened,” said Chris “Topher” Scott, the benefit’s organizer.

The outside space is used by students on a daily basis.

“The area out here is also an outdoor classroom. It gives the teachers a place to bring the students out in an outside environment,” he said.

The money has funded many improvements over time.

New tables and benches have been placed and a concrete deck has been built.

The fundraiser ended at 12:41 p.m. Saturday, with a moment of silence for the first 911 call on March 24, 1998.

A short prayer followed, along with a bike blessing.

Riders then rode around the school district.

“We stay as a group because we want to stay together and show the community our support throughout the area,” Scott said.

Leading up to Saturday’s fundraiser, the organizers raised over $40,000 to benefit the Westside Memorial Garden.

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