Benches dedicated to memory of Corey Brown at Miller Middle School


Pictured is a group at the Corey Brown bench dedication ceremony at Miller Middle School. From left are Miller Associate Principal Dave Glenn, Miller Principal Pat Rial, Nancy Mach of the Marshall County Landfill, Miller staff member Ryan O’Neal, Corey’s mother Michelle Brown, Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, Corey’s father Craig Brown, Miller staff member Creighton Jenness, Corey’s grandmother Mary Johnson and Miller staff member Jen O’Neal.

Family members, Miller Middle School staff and others gathered for a bench dedication ceremony on August 6 to honor the memory of former Miller student Corey Brown, who passed away at the age of 13 in January.

The two benches are located by a tree near the bus loading zone at the school and were made possible by a student-led project at Miller in a partnership with the Marshall County Landfill and a grant from the Iowa Grocery Industry Association.

The benches are made from recycled plastic grocery bags and each feature a Seattle Seahawks logo, Corey’s favorite professional sports team.

Corey Brown Memorial 5K
The first Corey Brown Memorial 5K fun run and walk will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 17, starting at the Marshalltown High School track. Walk up registration opens at 5 p.m. that day.

Race proceeds will go to purchase new uniforms for MHS track and cross country teams in memory of Corey, who loved running.

“We appreciate the support we’ve received,” said Corey’s mother Michelle Brown. “We want to be able to give back.”

The race will start and finish at the MHS track and the route will include neighborhoods surrounding the high school.

Cost is $20 per adult and $15 for youth under 18. For questions or early registration information contact Maggie Stalzer at 641-475-3370.


Corey’s parents Michelle and Craig Brown take a closer look at the new benches.