Updated 10/09/2008 06:32 PM
Students honor Ernie Davis
ELMIRA, N.Y. -- On the eve of the movie about Ernie Davis, students from his namesake school visited his grave.
Members of the Builders Club at Ernie Davis Middle School made a trip to Woodlawn Cemetery Thursday afternoon. They cleaned up, scrubbed and adorned Davis' grave with blue and white flowers, the colors of his alma mater, Elmira Free Academy.
The Builders Club is a community service group. Members will take care of Davis' grave all year. They say they're proud to honor the Elmira Express.
"We have a hometown hero in a cemetery that is in Elmira and we think we have a famous athlete, that we should clean it up," said seventh grader Cody Smith.
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"I think it's good to do stuff for our hometown hero because he did a lot for us. And it's a good idea to honor him," sixth grader Makena Edwards said.
Builders Club members say they look forward to keeping up Davis' grave and getting to the movies to see "The Express."