By David Broyles
July 18, 2013
PILOT MOUNTAIN — Members of the Wright and Harrison families and friends recently staged a car wash to honor the memory of Sheldon Wright II at Sonic in Mount Airy. Wright was a student at the school who died Dec. 15, 2012, in a car wreck.
His mother, Channa Harrison, said she thinks it is significant her son was 9 when he died and the car wash raised $900, which will go to the Pilot Mountain Elementary School’s Pirate Backpack Program. She said Sheldon’s father came up with the idea of a benefit car wash in his son’s memory. School Principal Angela Carson said about 50 students are served by this program.
“They wanted to show their appreciation for things the school did for them when their son died,” explained Carson. The backpack program provides snacks and meals for needy children to use over weekends during the school year. She said the meals can be prepared by children.
Carson said the effort was just an example of what schools, families and community can do when they work together in good spirit for a good cause.
“That’s the reason we are able to do this backpack program. It is totally supported by businesses, persons and the community,” Carson said. “Because of that our school uses local businesses and persons for many field trips and for services. It is a total community effort. The (Charles H. Stone Memorial) Library is a good resource for us for speakers as well. It goes to show you don’t have to spend a lot of money when you have local resources. It also helps our students think locally what they might want to do with their life.
“I think Sheldon would have approved of us all getting together on this,” said Carson. “He loved school, he loved his classmates and was loved by his classmates. It was not often when he wasn’t smiling. He also loved to eat. He’d appreciate these snacks we’re sending home.”
She said the school had become close with the family before, but the benefit had brought the groups closer. Carson said she felt it was remarkable that in the light of the tragedy good has come out of it which will benefit others.
“We love Sheldon and we don’t have to miss him so much if we continue to do things in his memory,” Carson said. “He loved life and he loved people.”
“It (what the community and school did) touched us. We did this in memory for our son. We just want them (the school) to know we love them for all they’ve done and thank them and the community for being so supportive. We put God in the center of all we do and that helps us make it day by day. The weather that day was the most perfect we’ve had,” said Harrison. “It’s a blessing to know people just care.”
She said Sheldon’s great-grandmother, Doris Collins, came from New Jersey to participate in the car wash as well as other members of the Harrison family from Reidsville.
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