Creighton Prep players raise $500 for Westside after stadium vandalism - Omaha.com
Published Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:13 am / Updated at 4:13 am
Creighton Prep players raise $500 for Westside after stadium vandalism

While Westside and Creighton Prep officials still are working to figure out who vandalized Westside Stadium, Creighton Prep football players Friday delivered a $500 donation to Westside High School.

Westside maintenance crews discovered blue and white paint at the stadium about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Also on the receiving end was a stone inscribed with the word “Courage” in memory of the late community leader Liz Karnes.

Westside football players touch the stone before they take the field for home football games, as they were to do before their home game Friday night against Creighton Prep. The Warrriors defeated Prep, 14-7.

Crews cleaned up the graffiti, including the stone, Thursday morning. Prep’s school colors are blue and white.

Meanwhile, at Prep, senior leaders on the football team, with no prompting from school officials, stood up during the school’s two lunch periods Thursday and explained what they’d learned about the stone’s history, said Nate Driml, a Prep spokesman.

They also reminded students, Driml said, that such acts are not what the school, which touts the philosophy of being “men for others,” is about. If anyone did it, they told the students, they need to own it.

Then they passed a hat, collecting $500 between the two lunch periods. Driml said his understanding was that the money, presented to Westside High School’s principal, will go to Liz’s Legacy, a cancer research fund named for Karnes.

Karnes, who died in 2003 after a long battle with cancer, was a longtime member of Westside’s school board.

“It is a nice gesture,” Driml said. “I’m glad the leadership stepped up.”

Said Peggy Rupprecht, a Westside spokeswoman: “That’s a class act.”

Westside maintenance crews discovered blue and white paint at the stadium about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Among the vandalized items was a stone inscribed with the word “Courage” in memory of the late community leader Liz Karnes. Westside football players touch the stone before they take the field for home football games, which they'll do tonight against Creighton Prep.

Crews cleaned up the graffiti, including the stone, Thursday morning. Prep's school colors are blue and white.

Senior leaders on Prep's football team, with no prompting from school officials, stood up during the school's two lunch periods Thursday and explained what they'd learned about the stone's history, said Nate Driml, a Prep spokesman.

Then they passed a hat, collecting $500 between the two lunch periods. Driml said his understanding was that the money, presented to Westside High School's principal, will go to Liz's Legacy, a cancer research fund named for Karnes.

Karnes, who died in 2003 after a long battle with cancer, was a longtime member of Westside's school board.

“It is a nice gesture,” Driml said. “I'm glad the leadership stepped up.”

Said Peggy Rupprecht, a Westside spokeswoman: “That's a class act.”

Contact the writer: Julie Anderson

julie.anderson@owh.com    |   402-444-1223

Julie splits her time between K-12 education, covering several area school districts and private schools, and general assignment stories.

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