Lincoln Co. school helps Ala. city

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, March 13, 2007

“Enterprise to Enterprise,” Carrie Brown said.

The second grade teacher at Enterprise Attendance Center madethe comment Friday as boxes of relief items donated by students atthe Lincoln County school were dropped off to be sent toEnterprise, Ala., where a March 1 tornado wrecked havoc on thecommunity.

The tornado killed eight students and heavily damaged theAlabama city’s high school.

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Jenny Leggett, an Enterprise Attendance Center first gradeteacher, said her school’s teachers saw news reports of the damageand wanted to help. They were eventually put in touch withEnterprise city hall officials and advised where to send aid.

“We thought it would be neat since we’re Enterprise and they’reEnterprise,” Leggett said.

Brown said notices were sent home with students Monday and thedeadline to return items was Friday. Students from kindergartenthrough 12th grade participated.

In all, an estimated 30 to 40 boxes of items were collected forthe relief efforts. Students were asked to send bottled water,canned goods and other non-perishable items.

“We gave suggestions and they added it,” Brown said aboutstudent donations.

Leggett added that financial donations were also made and thosewould be used to purchase Wal-Mart gift cards.

On Friday, Brown, Leggett and teacher’s assistant Faye Leggettdelivered the boxed items to Gatlin Corporation, which agreed toship them to Alabama. Leggett said they appreciated the company’sassistance in the effort.

At the business, owner Jeff Gatlin, employees and the teachersunloaded the boxes onto a pallet for shipment. One of the boxesbroke and several items fell to the ground before another box couldbe located.

“They were so generous the box wouldn’t hold it all,” said NatLangston, an inside sales representative for Gatlin.