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Buddy’s Trail opens

“It’s all good,” was his motto as coach at Pike County Elementary School and Buddy’s Trail will mean a lot of good outdoor time for students and members of the public.

“The community has come together to create this and God has had his hand on this since the start as things have just fallen into place with so many people helping in different ways,” said PCES teacher Ashley Wright.

She noted that Double P Grading helped create the walkway and made sure not to disturb any wildlife. Dr. Bethany Harris created a list of native plants for the trail’s butterfly garden and Southern Crescent students helped plant them along with PCES students.

“We want to thank Brandon’s family for allowing us to do this in his name,” said science teacher Mandi Wood. “He loved being outside. I feel his spirit here under the trees with us.”

Tatum Tree Service and Kyle Phillips of Helix Group helped with removal of limbs and trees and Pike Storage provided storage for items used in a yard sale where members of the community bought $3,100 in items to help pay for costs related to the trail. Bennie Evans of Citizens to Promote Pike provided native plants from his wife’s garden to plant along the trail.

“Thank you to our trail workers, our sponsors and donors, our administrators who were super supportive and to all the kids who helped with the work as well as families and community members who came out to work on the trail,” said Wright.

Buddy’s Trail will get a water feature in about a year and trail cams will help students see the animals that visit the trail.

“As we walk this trail, help us to see the beautiful things you’ve created,” prayed Brandon’s father Tim Brown. “Let us all realize that all good and perfect things come from you.”

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