Giv­ing In­stead of Re­ceiv­ing

Baux­ite stu­dent do­nates to Bryant ele­men­tary school

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­

When Abby Con­nell re­cently cel­e­brated her 13th birth­day, she did so in a unique way. In­stead of the usual tra­di­tion of hav­ing a party and re­ceiv­ing gifts for her­self, she asked friends to bring gifts for oth­ers.

Abby, a sev­en­th­grader at Baux­ite Mid­dle School, asked that partygoers bring toys to con­trib­ute to the toy drive at Springhill Ele­men­tary School. Abby’s fa­ther, Mike Con­nell, works as a school se­cu­rity of­fi­cer at the school.

Ac­cord­ing to Con­nell, about seven to eight mem­bers of Abby’s cheer­lead­ing squad at­tended the party and each of the girls and their par­ents brought sev­eral toys to do­nate.

“She cares about oth­ers more than her­self,” Con­nell said. “She is turn­ing out to be a great Chris­tian girl.”

Russ Sher­rill, prin­ci­pal at Springhill Ele­men­tary School, said he is proud of Abby for step­ping up to help oth­ers.

Each year, the school coun­selor hosts a toy drive to ben­e­fit stu­dents at Springhill Ele­men­tary School. Through­out the year, the school also col­lects food to pro­vide for stu­dents who do not have food at home when they are out of school, such as dur­ing Thanks­giv­ing, Christmas and spring break.

Abby is also the daugh­ter of Stephanie Con­nell.

Spe­cial to The Saline Courier

Abby Con­nell, stand­ing with her fa­ther, Mike Con­nell, dis­plays the pile of toys she re­ceived for her 13th birth­day. In­stead of ask­ing friends for gifts, she asked peo­ple at her birth­day party to bring toys for a drive at Springhill Ele­men­tary School.

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