Morton students contribute to Knoblauch fund

Christina Smith

As part of their participation in this year’s Ford Motor Co. Operation Teen Driving program, students from Morton High School sold raffle sold raffle tickets.

The tickets were for teachers and students to win either an eight gigabyte or a 16 gigabyte iPod Touch. About $500 was raised from the raffle, which was divided evenly between the Evan Knoblauch Memorial Fund and the Jennifer Buckman Memorial Fund.

Evan Knoblauch, 18, a Washington Community High School senior, died Jan. 5 after his car hit a tree in rural Woodford County.

Buckman, 23, died last November after her car hit a concrete embankment and rolled over on Interstate 155 near Morton.

Knoblauch’s mother, Susie Knoblauch, said the money from the memorial fund is being used in several ways.

“We are looking at a three-sport athletic award for Washington Community High School students who are in three Illinois High School Association sports or activities,” Susie said. “Evan was always involved in something every fall, winter and spring.”

Since Knoblauch also had three knee surgeries within three years, Susie said her family is working with WCHS athletic director Craig Anderson on developing an athletic training center.

“It would be a place where students could get taped pre-game and to have injuries treated during a game,” Susie said.

The training center would also benefit physical education classes.

“We wanted to reach out to as many students as possible and contribute money back to the school,” Susie said.

“Evan wasn’t speeding, drinking or under the influence of drugs, but his death was a wake up call for all of us to be safe and defensive drivers,” Susie said, adding the family would be willing to help promote safedriving education programs