May 6, 2001

By Staff
Sullivan family expresses gratitude
To the Editor:
I am writing in regard to the outpouring of help received during our time of need. Our son, Jeromy Sullivan, was critically burned on March 1, 2001. We cannot begin to express our gratitude to each and every person who has contributed their prayers, concern, money, gifts and cards.
We thank Lauderdale County and the surrounding area for being the kind of community that we want our children to grow up in and be proud to call home because of the good people here. I would like to mention names and if someone is left out, they are not forgotten.
The Meridian Star, Super Stop Family, Bible Book Store, Local Fire Departments, Wal-Mart, Burn &Burns, Winn Dixie, Danny Ivy, Country Craftsman Vimville, Garrett's Sports Center, Colortyme, Southern Sportsman, Goodman's Grocery, Judge Little, Alabama Shriners, Little Caesar Family, Butler, Ala., Linda's Fine Jewelry, Marvin Ware, Victory Outreach, Hamasa Temple &Shriners, Wesley House, T. C. Adams, Hoopers, Jack Davis, Graphic Printers, The Cook Family, WOKK and 93 The Buzz, Anderson Hospital Emergency Room, Citizen's National Bank, Captain D's, Metro Ambulance, Wendy's, Burger King, Hardee's, McDonald's, Sonic Southeast and West Lauderdale Schools, Meridian Public Library, Paper Product Companies, Sammy Miller, Sparkling Party Ice.
Also, all churches, friends and families thanks to everyone.
Johnny and Tammy Sullivan
and the family of Jeromy Sullivan.
(Editor's note: The family reports Jeromy is
currently at the Shriners Hospital in Galveston, Tex., doing much better but with a long way to go.)
Crestwood Elementary says thanks
To the Editor:
Crestwood Elementary School's recent Career Day Extravaganza was a wonderful example of friends of education in action.
The third grade team at Crestwood, including Susan Martin, Anna Moore and Shelley Tabb, worked with staff members Barbara Collier and Co-nect facilitator Teresa Mikell to assemble the largest group of community businesses and service providers we have ever had on campus.
This day spotlighted many jobs and careers and let our students know that our community thinks they are valuable resources as leaders of the future.
Crestwood has enjoyed the support of its parents and Partners in Education throughout the year on a smaller scale. However, when a group of more than 35 community businesses came together to talk with more than 400 students from prekindergarten through fifth grade, the excitement and enthusiasm ran high.
My second graders enjoyed visiting the booths and talking with the "community helpers" they had learned about in the classroom. Having the opportunity to meet the workers, ask questions about their jobs and equipment and see for themselves what people do in "real" jobs made an unforgettable impression on them.
I want to thank the third grade teachers and Crestwood staff who worked so hard to make this annual event extra special. The organizers made countless phone calls, sent notes and e-mails and even met with the participants in person prior to the big day.
They did all this in addition to their full-time teaching duties. They also enlisted the help of the third grade students as hosts for the day. Larry Collier, Barbara's husband, also gave his time to make the day a success.
I also commend the businesses that took the time to send representatives and those men and women who closed their offices and visited the schools themselves. This is a real investment in the lives of the children who will one day lead our community.
Hats off to you all.
Diane Toms
Crestwood Elementary School

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