TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A group of Terre Haute South alumni have come together in memory of their classmate George Richardson who passed away in 2022.

George was a huge presence in Terre Haute, a successful musician, and served as a mentor to students and others with disabilities.

In recent years and after the Terre Haute South class reunion in September, George’s classmates have collected donations in his name. The donations from this year and last year will be donated to Ben Franklin Elementary for the backpack program.

George’s wife Tracy commented on the donation project for her late husband.

“We know it’s going to be used for milk money, snack money, they can use to actually possibly pay off some lunch accounts if they choose to do that. Anything to help the kids who need the extra food, he would love that,” Tracy Richardson said.