MARSING -- Emotions are still raw for many in the community of Marsing as they try to heal from the death of a teen who was killed while texting and driving.
Taylor Sauer died on January 14, 2012 in an accident on I-84 near Mountain Home. Sauer was using the Facebook Mobile application to chat with friends just minutes before the accident.
Her parents and authorities believe texting was the major factor in her crash.
On Friday, about 100 teens and other volunteers from the Boise area started a project to memorialize Sauer and her love for her community, life, and learning.
Taylor's parents say she had wanted to become a teacher, and was currently enrolled Utah State University.
The project has taken the shape of an outdoor classroom adjacent to Marsing High School called Taylor's Corner.
On Friday morning, Taylor's parents shared Taylor's story as work began on her memorial classroom. Taylor's mom, Shauna Sauer, told KTVB her goal was to prevent other teens from suffering the same fate.
You have to get into that mindset that you have to think to yourself, 'is it worth it that I could die?' said Shauna Sauer as she spoke to the teen volunteers.
However, some of the teens in Marsing today were there for more than a smart reminder. These teens are part of One Stone, an organization that has teamed up with the United Way to serve communities in the Treasure Valley.
On Friday they served the Marsing community by helping to build a brick pathway to Taylor's Corner. Some see it as a fitting memorial for the young woman who wanted to be a future educator.
It's Taylor's Corner because we wanted to keep her memory alive of being an education teacher, commented Ken Price, an after school program advisor in Marsing
Surprisingly, the fact that Taylor was so focused on teaching others has become a painful issue for her parents. Both say they are now caught between mourning her death and keeping her memory alive.
However, Taylor's father Clay Sauer says if Taylor was still alive, she would likely be working on the project herself.
She would have been having a blast with this type of activity, Sauer told KTVB.
Taylor's mom agrees.
Being a mom and being a teacher was everything that Taylor wanted, Shauna Sauer said.
Although it's a difficult choice, Taylor's parents are now using their great loss -- and Taylor's Corner -- to remind everyone that terrible accidents can happen.
That's why I think it takes people like us, and other parents out there to help get that message out there, because we felt it. The loss of a child can't be described, said Clay Sauer.
The pathway for Taylor's Corner should be completed Saturday. However, construction on the classroom won't begin until school is out in mid-May.
The school is also selling bricks for Taylor s Corner. Taylor's parents say the proceeds will go to support the building of Taylor's Corner, various scholarships, and also texting and driving education awareness.
Clay and Shauna Sauer have also been vocal supporters of a statewide ban on texting while driving in Idaho that is currently on Governor Otter's desk awaiting his signature. The Sauers now believe this new law will slowly catch-on like the seatbelt law did years ago.
However, the legislation still needs the governor's signature to become law.