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Special to The News-Courier
KNOX CITY—Knox City Elementary School is proud of the recent completion of a special project that began in January 2020. Students and staff wanted to honor the memory of Lyndon Baty, a dedicated volunteer, UIL chess coach, reading mentor, and friend of their school. The students began selling the “Live Like Lyndon” tee shirts to raise money for a reading park in front of their campus.
The proceeds from this fundraiser, along with many generous donations from friends and community members, allowed the school to accomplish the project, which features a life-sized boy and girl reading together.
Jaycee Smart holds the memorial plaque sponsored by the family of Lyndon Baty. Lyndon was a student at Knox City Elementary, O’Brien Middle School, and Knox City High School where he graduated in 2014. Lyndon went on to graduate from Abilene Christian University in 2018. Lyndon struggled with kidney and liver disease his entire life, but that didn’t deter him from living a life full of “life.” Lyndon had to do things a little bit differently from others because of his health, but most people wouldn’t know these things because Lyndon never really called attention to it. This recognition goes to someone that lives life with passion and purpose, much like Lyndon, who loves unconditionally, and one who reads for knowledge and with enthusiasm (much like Lyndon).