Students, school band together to help family
by Courtney Warren
Jan 29, 2014 | 1124 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After a fire on Tuesday burned their home to the ground, Lee Tedford and her daughter Jessica have been left with nothing.

However, several groups at Bayou Academy plan to do their very best to raise money for the family.

Jessica is a junior at Bayou and her friend Hannah Davis, also a junior, said as soon as Jessica's classmates found out, they wanted to help.

"I found out from Molly Bassie and as soon as I heard about it I thought 'is there anything I can do to help,'" said Davis.

Bassie and Davis have been working together with other groups at the school to raise funds to help Jessica and her mom get back on their feet.

Both take dance with Jessica at Carla Parker School of Dance and Davis said, "We became close in eighth grade when she transferred from Margaret Green."

"Community Service Club, the class of 2015, the soccer team, the softball team, the basketball team are raising money and Carla Parker School of Dance is also raising money to give to her and her mom. We would like to give gift cards to places like Kroger, Sears, Ace Hardware, Wal-Mart, Kut Works, and H Squared," said Davis.

Davis also said a lot of the money they raise will be coming from their own pockets and "Community Service and our class are using funds we collected at the beginning of school."

When asked about Jessica, Davis said she couldn't think of someone sweeter.

"Jessica has always brought in tons of money for Pennies for Patients in the past years. She is probably the most considerate and thoughtful person I know and would do the same for anyone else if they were in her position right now. She is liked by literally everyone," she said.

Bayou Academy Headmaster David Granville is proud of his students and said the Bayou Academy family is pulling together for Jessica and her mom.

"It's cliché but it's true here. We consider our students and parents part of our family. We have done avariety of different things: we've given money, gift cards, and food and students are doing fundraisers. There have also been different donations through the Patrons league and the school," said Granville.

Granville said he recently received a call from Lee expressing her gratitude towards the school.

"Ms. Tedford said she'd never be able to repay the kindness of the Bayou family. You know we often think these kids only worry about today and not the future and I can tell you that's not it at all. This tragedy has touched every one. We do call ourselves a Christian academy and the love and care we show for each other is more than evident in our elementary students all the way through twelfth grade. They were all touched by this and wanted to help."