The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Benches honor memory of Dorothy Litts

Memorial gift funds purchases of benches, library books


July 15, 2021


H-M-S Superintendent Patrick Carlin (seated left) and Stephen Litts (seated right) test out one of the two benches that were purchased for the new elementary school thanks to a memorial gift from Litts. Also pictured are, from left: David and Barb Christenson, Wally and Becky Tschopp, Patty and Bill Treimer, Marjean Westerman, H-M-S Business Manager April Hengeveld and H-M-S Board Member Dave Vander Broek.

A memorial gift to the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn School District will benefit elementary students for years to come.

Former Superintendent Stephen Litts was joined on Monday by district representatives and friends to commemorate the gift in memory of Dorothy Litts, which funded the purchase two benches and books for the elementary library.

Litts had contacted former elementary Principal Cathy Jochims to ask if there was anything she would like to have for the school, but the budget did not allow for.

"She didn't hesitate," Litts said. "Benches."

Further discussion indicated funds for elementar...

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