FPES raises $5,000 for family


Plans to raise more funds to honor student’s memory

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The staff and students of Foster Park Elementary School used the school’s sign to thank the people of Union County for supporting their fundraising efforts on behalf of the family of Miracle Smith. Smith, 7, drowned in the Union County YMCA swimming pool on July 22. A student at Foster Park Elementary School, Smith would have been in the second grade in the new school year. The school conducted a fundraising effort including a July 25 hot dog sale in the school cafeteria to raise money to help Smith’s family with funeral expenses. The school raised a total of $6,084, of which $5,000 was used to help Smith’s family pay for her funeral. The school plans to use the balance to help pay for a memorial to Smith on the school grounds and is planning several more fundraisers to help it achieve that goal.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times This plaque on the wall outside the main office at Foster Park Elementary School was presented to the school to honor its efforts to help the family of Miracle Smith. Smith, 7, drowned in the Union County YMCA swimming pool on July 22. A student at Foster Park Elementary School, Smith would have been in the second grade in the new school year. The school held fundraisers to help Smith's family with her funeral expenses. The plaque was presented to the school by "Michael A. Glenn and the fine citizens of Union County" in honor of the school's "sacrificial and compassionate commitment" to Smith's family.


By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

UNION — They raised $5,000 to help the family of Miracle Smith pay for her funeral and now the staff and students of Foster Park Elementary School are planning to raise more funds for a memorial to her memory.

Smith, 7, drowned in the Union County YMCA swimming pool on July 22. A student at Foster Park Elementary School, she would have been in the second grade in the new school year.

Her death was deeply felt at her school which began a fundraising effort to raise money to help her family with her funeral expenses. That effort included a “Benefit for the family of Miracle Smith” hot dog sale on July 25 in the school cafeteria.

In addition to the hot dog sale, an account, the “Miracle Smith Fund,” was set up at Arthur State Bank for persons who wanted to make a monetary donation.

FPES Cafeteria Manager Gail Hubbard helped oversee the fundraising effort and said this week that it was a success.

“We raised $6,084,” Hubbard said Monday. “We paid $5,000 of it for the funeral.”

Hubbard said the school plans to use the balance of the funds raised as the foundation of a second fund raising effort, this time to honor Smith’s memory.

“We’re going to use the $1,084 to start on raising money for a memorial to Miracle here on the school grounds,” Hubbard said. “The memorial would either be some playground equipment, a tree or even a bench placed here in her memory.”

Hubbard said the school’s students, especially those who shared classes with Smith, had been very upset about her death and wanted to do something to help.

“The children in those classes had known her for two years and they were very upset,” Hubbard said. “All the children are upset about it and about starting school without her. She’d been their buddy for two years.

“They said they wanted to do something for Miracle, and we thought if we could get them involved in getting something on the playground and dedicating it to her they would feel like they were a part of it,” she said. “We want them to feel like they are playing some part in honoring her memory.”

Hubbard said that while there are plans for future fundraisers for the memorial to Smith, what form they will take has yet to be determined. She said the account at Arthur State Bank is still in place and that persons wanting to make a donation in support of the effort to honor Smith’s memory can do so there.

Plaque

The efforts of the school to support Smith’s family have been recognized and honored with a plaque placed on the wall outside the entrance to the main office. The plaque, which includes a picture of Smith, states the following:

“Presented to Foster Park Elementary School for Sacrificial and Compassionate Commitment to the Family of Miracle Janay Smith, October 3, 2007-July 22, 2015.

“Presented on July 28, 2015 (by) Michael A. Glenn and the Fine Citizens of Union County.”

The plaque concludes with the following message:

“Children … Love them, Nurture them, Teach them well and believe in them … for they are our future.”

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times

The staff and students of Foster Park Elementary School used the school’s sign to thank the people of Union County for supporting their fundraising efforts on behalf of the family of Miracle Smith. Smith, 7, drowned in the Union County YMCA swimming pool on July 22. A student at Foster Park Elementary School, Smith would have been in the second grade in the new school year. The school conducted a fundraising effort including a July 25 hot dog sale in the school cafeteria to raise money to help Smith’s family with funeral expenses. The school raised a total of $6,084, of which $5,000 was used to help Smith’s family pay for her funeral. The school plans to use the balance to help pay for a memorial to Smith on the school grounds and is planning several more fundraisers to help it achieve that goal.

http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_0020.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times

The staff and students of Foster Park Elementary School used the school’s sign to thank the people of Union County for supporting their fundraising efforts on behalf of the family of Miracle Smith. Smith, 7, drowned in the Union County YMCA swimming pool on July 22. A student at Foster Park Elementary School, Smith would have been in the second grade in the new school year. The school conducted a fundraising effort including a July 25 hot dog sale in the school cafeteria to raise money to help Smith’s family with funeral expenses. The school raised a total of $6,084, of which $5,000 was used to help Smith’s family pay for her funeral. The school plans to use the balance to help pay for a memorial to Smith on the school grounds and is planning several more fundraisers to help it achieve that goal.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
This plaque on the wall outside the main office at Foster Park Elementary School was presented to the school to honor its efforts to help the family of Miracle Smith. Smith, 7, drowned in the Union County YMCA swimming pool on July 22. A student at Foster Park Elementary School, Smith would have been in the second grade in the new school year. The school held fundraisers to help Smith’s family with her funeral expenses. The plaque was presented to the school by "Michael A. Glenn and the fine citizens of Union County" in honor of the school’s "sacrificial and compassionate commitment" to Smith’s family.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_0024.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times
This plaque on the wall outside the main office at Foster Park Elementary School was presented to the school to honor its efforts to help the family of Miracle Smith. Smith, 7, drowned in the Union County YMCA swimming pool on July 22. A student at Foster Park Elementary School, Smith would have been in the second grade in the new school year. The school held fundraisers to help Smith’s family with her funeral expenses. The plaque was presented to the school by "Michael A. Glenn and the fine citizens of Union County" in honor of the school’s "sacrificial and compassionate commitment" to Smith’s family.
Plans to raise more funds to honor student’s memory

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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