Student receives calling from the graveyard

first_imgWhat: Project YOUTH Old City Cemetery cleanup.When: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 19, Feb. 2 and Feb. 16.Where: Old City Cemetery, at Mill Plain and Grand boulevards, Vancouver.Information: 360-440-8638.One Heritage High School junior takes her city’s heritage to heart.Zoe Hall, 17, recently “adopted” Vancouver’s Old City Cemetery in the Central Park neighborhood after her father read an Aug. 15 article in The Columbian that neglect had enabled dandelions and weeds to outshine the headstones of the city’s founders buried there.“We talked about what we could do about it,” Hall said.They came up with the concept of Project You Offering Unpaid Time in Honor, Project YOUTH for short. Under the plan, Hall would organize Saturday work groups of young people to regularly clean up and maintain the cemetery.“It would be an honorable thing to do this for any cemetery, but the fact that this is a pioneer cemetery — our founders are buried there — it’s even more honorable,” Hall said.Hall had been on the hunt for a volunteer project to round out her college-admissions résumé for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. When she heard about the overgrown cemetery from her dad, John Hall, she said she found her calling.Meanwhile, the city of Vancouver had been pining for volunteers to help give some TLC to the historical cemetery, founded in 1867, said Hailey Heath, city volunteer coordinator.last_img

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