The Buckley Youth Center is hosting a “Wear it for Berrett” rally April 25, promising a skate competition, silent auction and more in the aim of boosting helmet-wearing.
13-year-old Berrett Michael Wirth Crossley died in March after sustaining a head injury while skateboarding without a helmet on. The Glacier Middle School student was well-known and liked by his peers, his family said, and his death was especially felt among the local skateboarding community.
But Berrett’s death also galvanized family and friends, who started the “Wear it for Berrett” campaign to raise awareness of helmet safety and to push local government to put helmet laws and other measures on their books. Last month, the Buckley City Council passed an ordinance required helmet use in city limits for skateboards, bikes and other recreational vehicles.
The April 25 rally invites the community to enjoy a Sunday afternoon at the skate park in honor of Berrett. The event lasts from noon to 4 p.m., and will include a skate competition, a live mural painter, a silent auction, raffles and giveaways.
Food will be provided by Berrett’s family.
For those interested in skating but lacking proper head protection, the Youth Activity Center keeps free helmets on hand and staff there can help fit riders.