West Valley students honor memory of student killed in car accident

Students at a west valley elementary school got together to come up with an idea to honor the memory of a student who lost his life in a tragic car accident. They've been rolling up their sleeves for months on a project that will soon be a fixture at the center of campus.

Students and volunteers grabbed brushes and buckets of brightly colored paint while others get their hands dirty by doing some heavy lifting into what will soon be a greenhouse at Heritage elementary school in Glendale.

"So right now it hasn't cost the school a dime," said Justin Dye, the Principal at Heritage Elementary. "It's just all been community pitch in effort."

Soon this building will become the "Butler greenhouse," a permanent memorial to Tyre Butler, a Seventh grader who died last year after he was killed in a serious car accident. And since this year he would have been in Eighth grade, his classmates decided they wanted to do something to honor his memory.

"He was on the flag football team, he was part of all the extra-curricular, just a great kid," Dye said. "Just the kind you'd hope that all 700 of our students could be; and we wanted to honor him and this is how his classmates came up with the way to do it."

Tyre's dad, Michael, was at the school earlier today getting a firsthand look at how many lives his son touched as volunteers begin to put the final touches on a greenhouse that will soon be used to help teach hundreds of students.

"He loved the school, he loved being here, he loved everything about it," Michael Butler said. "He loved the people. So for his memory to be a permanent fixture of this place, words can't even describe it."

Heritage elementary will hold a special unveiling and ribbon cutting for the Tyre Butler Memorial Greenhouse on March 20th.
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