Banding Together

Green Lake students Colby Schultz, left, and Beau Sandleback wear blue wristbands to honor the late Anthony Alvin. Schultz and Sandleback are Green Lake Boy Scouts, just as Alvin was.

They cost nearly nothing and weigh about an ounce.

But when hundreds of people purchase and wear them, these blue, rubber wristbands have the power to help a community remember a beloved student and carry on his spirit.

That’s what Green Lake students are doing to honor their friend, the late Anthony Alvin.

Alvin accidentally fell to his death during a Green Lake Boy Scout trip to Utah’s Gemini Bridges last July.

He would have been a senior this school year.

Fellow scout and Student Council member Colby Schultz brainstormed the idea to sell wristbands in Alvin’s memory several months ago.

He ordered 500 bands from a website that allows customers to custom-build them. In embossed type, they say, “Together, for Anthony.”

That’s an offshoot of the slogan of Ripon College (“More. Together.”) where Alvin likely would have attended college.

Now, Green Lake students, staff and community members have been buying and wearing the bands for $1. Read the full article in the March 24 Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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