Fremont High School students have passed their goal of raising $25,000 toward installation of safety arms at a dangerous railroad crossing.
The fund-raising campaign was born in tragedy: Nathan Phillips, 16, and Tyson Murray, 15, died in a June crash after Phillips pulled out in front of a train at the crossing Plain City.Utah Department of Transportation representatives told the students that crossing arms would cost about $250,000, and that if they could raise 10 percent of the money, the project might become a higher priority.
Nine months after the accident, Kids for Safer Crossings sponsored a spaghetti dinner and auction that brought in $12,000, pushing their bank account to $27,700.
More than 400 area residents participated, their arms loaded with more donations for the auction and more checks for the charity.
"It's been hard for the community, too," said Barbara Phillips, Nathan's mother. "Those two kids were special; their friends still look up to them. We can just hope this brings us up higher on the list."
The students also have sold pizzas, sponsored a turkey shoot and are organizing a rodeo.