Inspiring 815: Scott Whitney

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If the walls at Seward School could talk, they’d sure have a lot to say.

“The original building was built in 1903-1904.” said Scott Whitney, the Vice President of the Seward Park District.

Luckily, Scott Whitney can do it for them.

“My grandfather attended school here, so did my father, I did, and my wife did as well and so did our kids.” said Whitney.

The Whitney family has been in Seward for decades.

“My great great grandparents came to the area and farmed in the 1840s.” said Whitney.

So, when the Seward School closed in 2011, Scott knew he had to do something to save it.

“You know what happens to old school buildings when they get sold at auctions. We didn’t want that to happen to this school, because it was such an important part of the community for so many years.” said Whitney.

From there, the Seward Park District was formed.

“That way we could have some funds available from the public to keep it open as a community center.” said Whitney.

Now, the school turned community center, houses several different organizations including the Honeycomb Salon.

“It means a lot to our town, and to me, so I can keep dressing hair. Where I was before was getting torn down so I had to move somewhere.” said Barbara Hazzard, the owner of the Honeycomb Salon.

It’s all thanks to Scott.

“It really was Scott who kind of kick started, and got everybody kind of involved.” said Hazzard.

Scott Whitney, inspiring 815, by helping preserve the past in the present.

“He’s kind of one of my main go to guys.” said Hazzard.

 

Nicole Stein

Nicole Stein

Morning News Anchor

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