Community Responds to Build Scholarship Fund

Large amount of money raised in memory of young 4-H'er.

Published on: Jul 25, 2011

The people of Franklin County again showed why Indiana is a great place to live. They came through at the conclusion of their county fair and raised a large sum of money to establish a scholarship in Kyle Kerr's name and memory.

He was the young man mentioned here earlier who died tragically after being engulfed in a semi-load of grain while the auger was running. Just 13 he perished last October. The community responded and donated materials, money and time to build a new Junior Leaders concession stand in his honor. It also included an announcer's stand of the show arena, and much needed storage space at the livestock pavilion.

The scholarship effort was above and beyond the building project. The building itself was dedicated on Friday, July 15, just before the livestock auction at the Franklin County Fair in Brookville, his dad, Gary, notes. Gary and Rhonda were his proud parents. They have three other children. The family farms near Cedar Grove in Franklin County.

A donated hog was auctioned off in his honor to raise money for the scholarship fund. The total selling price was $26, 504. This will provide scholarships through the community foundation for students of Mt/ Carmel elementary and junior high school, where Kyle attended, Franklin County High School and/ or 4-H members.

The hope of his parents is that kids will benefit for many years to come form the scholarship fund. Plus, the building, a block and stone building, replaced a worn-out structure used as the concession stand.

Their real hope is that people will remember Kyle's tragedy, and instruct their kids to stay away form being in flowing grain of any kind. The power of flowing grain is easy to underestimate.

Bill Filed, Purdue farm safety specialist, says the two things that made flowing grain deadly are that people underestimate how powerful the pull can be, but they also underestimate how quickly someone can become submerged in grain.

While there have been cases where someone covered with grain was rescued and survived, far more victims don't survive, according to Filed and his staff at Purdue.