Shallowater residents work on a project to honor the past

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A major transformation to the Shallowater community is going on at Shallowater High School. Shallowater schools celebrate their centennial year this year and have come up with a project to honor the past. Heritage Park is a year in the making, and when it's complete it will be a place for Shallowater residents to learn, enjoy and remember.

It's like a scene out of an old movie with a vintage school house filled with Shallowater history. A historic museum is literally right in their backyard, but this present day history lesson is a learning tool in more ways than one. "Service learning really takes what we teach kids and then has them to apply it for the benefit of the community," said Superintendent Phil Warren.

Through grants, students are able to get involved in school-wide projects and earn volunteer hours as they do it.  In the past, they designed the town's entry signs, but this year's Heritage Park project will be much larger.

In addition to the museum, they plan to make a walking track around that area, and are trying to make the high school area and the school area a center piece for the community. "It's going to be really exciting, and it will give us an opportunity to kind of show case a little bit of our history," said one Shallowater resident.

While it may not look like much now, a patch of grass could soon be the most special part of the project. "It's really a very sentimental thing for me because they really reached out to us in our sorrow," said D'ann McGuire.

McGuire has a special connection to what will soon be Memorial Plaza. "They decided to dedicate this portion of the honor park to him and we were very humbled and very honored. It's very special to us," she said.

In December of 2007 McGuire's son was killed in Iraq. Brynn Naylor was just 21 years old when he died, and this project will provide a lasting memory not only for the community and country he died protecting, but for his family as well. "That's one of the reasons I want to be a part of it because it's going to be something that's going to impact kids from now on." said McGuire.

The Heritage Park project hopes to be completed by next summer.

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