ROY -- Just in time for the anniversary of Sheryl Lynn Eggett's death, organizers have announced a fundraiser to benefit a memorial fund in honor of the beloved special-education teacher.
The fundraiser, called The Green Apron Project, features the sale of green aprons for contributions of $20 to benefit the memorial fund.
Those who purchase an apron also will receive a laminated copy of the Spiritual Reflections column that appears on this website.
Eggett, who died of cancer at age 53 on Dec. 18, 2011, was a teacher at Roy High School. Before she died, Eggett formed a scholarship fund to help those students who struggled most to succeed.
Thanks to her efforts while she was alive and some Roy High fundraisers following her death, the Sheryl Eggett Memorial Scholarship Fund now holds $10,000. The fund also is a part of the Weber School Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Once the memorial fund can double in size, it will be large enough to become perpetual, serving students for many years to come, said Cindi Johnson, who is a faculty coordinator of the fund and an English resource teacher at Roy High.
"We have a lot of families that struggle," Johnson said. "To give a student a chance that might not have otherwise had an opportunity means a lot to us."
Johnson said Eggett had a vision of helping students with special needs beyond her classroom.
"She wanted to help the kids that have struggled through high school who don't have any way to get further," she said.
Johnson said besides scholarships, a committee that administers the fund also has a goal of providing a resource teacher who will team teach a biology class alongside the regular teacher in an effort to help struggling students.
"The fund is set up so that it could be given for scholastic programs or to meet the needs of the students," Johnson said.
Sale of the aprons starts next week at the Standard-Examiner, 332 Standard Way in Ogden.
Sales will begin the following week in the main office at Roy High School, 2150 W. 4800 South.
Online orders may be made on the Roy High School website, rhs.weber.k12.ut.us, starting next week. Orders requiring mailing will be charged $23. The Roy High site will link online visitors to the Weber School Foundation pay site. To order, pay for the number of green aprons ordered times $23 and type Green Apron Project in the area asking for the school receiving the donation.
All contributions are tax deductible. Checks should be made out to the Weber School Foundation.
Apron construction is sponsored by the Standard-Examiner; reporter JaNae Francis; the Weber School District satellite sewing class under direction of teacher Marin Malan at Two Rivers High School; Rex Tumbridge, of Lighthouse Designs in Layton; Roy High Class of 1983; and community volunteers.
All proceeds from the sale of the aprons will go toward the Sheryl Eggett Memorial Fund and efforts to raise additional money for the fund.
More information about the fundraiser or the Sheryl Eggett Memorial Scholarship Fund may be obtained by contacting Johnson by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at the school, 801-476-3600.