CMS students help Tennessee school after bus accident

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The following group of Cassville Middle School students worked together to coordinate fundraising efforts to help the Woodmore Elementary School district and families in Chattanooga, Tenn., after a school bus collided with a tree, resulting in six deaths and serious injuries of many elementary children. Pictured in front row, left to right, include: Amani Firestone, Kaitlyn Morales, Landry Parnell, Elizabeth Ray, Christina Marlowe, Natalie Johnson and Sam Sparkman. Second row: Tanlie West, Windy Dunfee, Brooke Davis, Willow Linton, Olivia Holman, Kyla Deans, Leslie Turner, Isabelle Edwards, Alli Marcucci and Ketchum. Third row: Jimmie Barton, CMS principal, Jaden Christen, Sadie Reuter, Penny Murray, Dazee Williams, Makayla Harvey, Brody Barbee, Spencer Moeller and Caden Brewster; Back row: Hannah Morgan, Jaycie Ertel, Riley Morris, Ethan Vandall, Zac Acheson, Carson Whittemire, Garett Kritz, Braden Dickinson and Cole O'Neill. Contributed photo

Students at Cassville Middle School (CMS) spent the last school day of 2016 raising funds that were donated to Woodmore Elementary School in Chattanooga, Tenn., after a school bus traveling from the school flipped over and collided into a tree. The accident resulted in six fatalities, dozens of injuries and many devastated families.

CMS math students in Tanya Ketchum's class were saddened to hear the news and wanted to help. The students worked together and came up with a plan to host a volleyball shoot-out and basketball skills competition.

On the last day of school before Christmas break, Ketchum's students invited the CMS student body, faculty and staff to participate in the volleyball and basketball competitions. Donations were accepted at the door and together, CMS was able to collect $500 that will be donated to Woodmore Elementary students and their families.