BRITT | The collection site for recyclables benefiting the Cody Schmit Scholarship Fund in Britt has moved.

Area residents can now drop their glass, plastic and aluminum bottles and cans off at a fenced in area at Allen Auto & Tire, 218 Fifth St. NW, in Britt.

“(The collection) funds two or three scholarships each year, and that’s more than if we didn’t have it,” said Joe Schmit, Cody’s father.

The scholarship fund, which was established in 2010 after 16-year-old Cody Schmit, a West Hancock High School student, died from injuries sustained after a pontoon fell on him in Ventura, awards $1,000 scholarships to 10 West Hancock seniors annually.

This fall, Joe Schmit and his wife, Billie, moved from their longtime acreage south of Britt to Ventura, where they own and operate the Dome Bait shop, and in hopes of continuing the fundraising for the scholarship fund, the couple relocated the collection site.

Prior to their move, recyclables, or Cans for Cody, could be donated throughout the year at JBS Auto in Britt, school activities, Hobo Days, the Hancock County District Fair and the Draft Horse show as well as their residence.

The recyclable donations are one way the community supports the scholarship fund for students.

Joe Schmit said Cody’s younger sister, Kellie, donates her IMCA stock car sponsorships to the fund, which is its primary source of revenue. Other fundraisers have included selling Cody’s truck and private donations.

“We’ve considered dropping down to five students, but we’re still doing pretty well,” he said. “We want to keep it going as long as possible.”

Criteria to receive the scholarship are a strong work ethic, a sense of volunteerism and good school attendance.

Students can use the scholarship money for tuition, expenses or books.

“We want to help kids out and honor and remember (Cody’s) name,” Joe Schmit said.

Since the scholarship fund was created, Joe Schmit said it’s provided about $70,000 to high school seniors.

The number of scholarships handed out to graduating seniors each year is usually about 10, but in 2012, 27 scholarships were given. That class would have been the year Cody graduated.

The scholarships are awarded during the graduation ceremony.

For questions about the Cody Schmit Scholarship Fund, call 641-425-8733.

Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.



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