Four Vilonia High School East Lab students made a proposal to have a memorial placed in Vilonia during the Vilonia City Council meeting Tuesday.
Students Jacob Hogan, David Reyes, Devin James and Cyeth Arendall made the proposal for support from Vilonia Mayor James Firestone and city council members for the memorial that would honor both the 2011 and 2014 tornado victims.
The students used their cellphones to show their design and provided a vivid description. The plans include placing two columns with a five-foot long Plexiglas and a four-foot deep case in the middle. The case will hold items found during the tornado as well as items belonging to the victims who lost their lives.
The students said materials that would be needed include brick, cement and Plexiglas as well as pavers. The names of the victims are to be listed on the pavers.
They estimated the cost to be about $3,000 and asked for support for the project including financially.
With little discussion, the city leaders gave the nod to proceed with the project.
Mayor James Firestone said it would be appropriate to place the memorial at the Memorial Park and asked the students to send their design and drawings to him.
"I think it is a very worthwhile project," Firestone said.
The students said they would like to have the project completed by December.