Cemetery cleanup

Jenna Burrow of Sedro Wooley High School and Emma Westendorf of Burlington-Edison High School clean headstones at the Lynden Cemetery as part of a service project during the training for new Washington State FFA WALE/DOT members. Around 100 FFA students from around the state participated in the service project, said Lynden Christian School FFA Advisor Gerrit Van Weerdhuizen, who said he came up with the idea for the service project after he saw one of the cemetery groundskeepers cleaning the headstones of people he used to sell used cars to years ago, and thought more people could help with keeping them clean. Anthony Van Rooyen, Cemetery Board Treasurer, said it’s special for stones that aren’t maintained by family members anymore to be cleaned in a service project, especially since the cemetery marks one of the entrances to the city. “When a program like this comes around from the school to clean [the headstones] up, that’s very much appreciated,” Van Rooyen said.  (Laura Place/Lynden Tribune)