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Rome students raise money for Wyman Memorial Park

By KATRINA SMITH

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Students and staff at one local elementary school saved their cans and bottles all year long so they could make a donation Thursday to build a very special park.

It all started with just one fourth grade class at Bellamy Elementary School in Rome who held a can and bottle drive with staff members pitching in. In the end, the students donated more than $500 to the Deputy Kurt Wyman Memorial Park Fund.

Brian Wyman, Kurt's father says that he feels it is fitting that the chose the Wyman Park to raise money for.

"He loved kids, he loved playing with kids," Brian Wyman said. "He spent a lot of his young adult life mentoring kids, and through his youth group spent a lot of time with kids."

"Deputy Wyman gave his life protecting our community," said Fourth Grade Teacher Christine Burke. "Why not pick the Kurt Wyman Park for the project?"

9,000 cans and bottles were collected in total. D&B Return Center in Rome donated an extra penny on each can and bottle to help the students out.

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