Wanted: Student names for Huff'n'Puff memorial


October 5, 2023

Gordon Weeks/SMCJ

Names of local students who died before high school graduation have not been added to the memorial since 2014.

Twenty-four years ago, a teenage Abe Gardner as an Eagle Scout project led a campaign to create a memorial to Shelton-area students who died young.

Today, Gardner - an emergency prevention specialist with North Mason Regional Fire Authority - is seeking permission from families to add the names to the two-sided memorial at the entrance to the trail across the street from Shelton High School. No names have been added since 2014. Interested families can contact him at 360-801-9555.

In 1996 or 1997, Gardner said he got the idea when he was 14 or 15 years old from listening to stories about mem...

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