Sumiton Middle School students honor corporal overseas

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 11/1/16

SUMITON — Sumiton Middle School students sent a special treat to an area serviceman overseas.

Corporal Lecil Tyler Campbell, the nephew of Sumiton Middle 5th grade teacher Cynthia Prescott, is stationed overseas, and …

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Sumiton Middle School students honor corporal overseas

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SUMITON — Sumiton Middle School students sent a special treat to an area serviceman overseas.

Corporal Lecil Tyler Campbell, the nephew of Sumiton Middle 5th grade teacher Cynthia Prescott, is stationed overseas, and students wanted to send him an unexpected care package to thank him for his service.

“The kids got together, and they decided to adopt him,” Principal Chris Stephenson said. “They got him a huge treat bag together of things that he likes. ... The kids wanted him to have what he wanted but also have enough to share with some of his buddies and people who are around him.”

The school’s SGA students, led by Rhonda Blanton, organized the project.

The students collected DVD’s, hot chocolate, snacks, books and other items to put in the three large boxes shipped to him, and they also wrote letters to Campbell to express their gratitude for his bravery.

“They put things in there like ghost story books, things that he couldn't get his hands on because he's out in the field,” Stephenson said.

A bake sale and face painting fundraiser was held by the students to raise money for the shipping cost of the boxes.

“Although the students were able to raise most of the money for shipping, they were thankful to receive a donation from Jim Woods at Jasper Auto Sales to cover the remaining costs,” Blanton said.

Students purchased everything for the care packages and painted the inside of the boxes with pumpkins and ghoulish designs.

Campbell was set to receive the boxes before Halloween.