St. Mary schools raise $16,000 for family; total nearing $40,000

By JEAN L. McCORKLE jkaess@daily-review.com

St. Mary Parish schools raised just over $16,000 with two jeans day fundraisers to assist the Cheatham-Escort family.
LaDonna Cheatham, 36; two of her children, Marcus Cheatham, 16, and Destiny Cheatham, 6; and her nephew, Dewayne Escort, 14, were killed in a Feb. 15 automobile accident in Centerville.
Another of Cheatham’s sons, Mark, was injured in the accident. State police said the accident occurred when Cheatham’s vehicle experienced tire failure and crashed into a school bus carrying the Lafayette High School baseball team on their way to a scrimmage against Berwick High School.
“It is at times like these that we must come together as a community to support the victims’ families and friends and help ease the pain of such a senseless tragedy,” St. Mary Superintendent Donald Aguillard said in a news release.
Jeans days were authorized for Feb. 21 and 28 to assist with burial expenses. The family was buried Saturday.
Contributions raised, by school, are:
—J.S. Aucoin, $430.
—Bayou Vista Elementary, $310.
—Berwick Elementary, $907.40.
—Berwick Junior High, $777.50.
—Berwick High, $775.
—Centerville High, $661.
—W.P. Foster Elementary, $300.
—Franklin Junior High, $592.08.
—Franklin High, $600.
—LaGrange Elementary, $443.
—J.B. Maitland Elementary, $282.
—Morgan City Junior High, $375.
—Morgan City High, $550.25.
—Patterson Junior High, $1,233.
—Patterson High, $1,067.
—M.D. Shannon, $170.
—Hattie Watts, $2,804.
—J.A. Hernandez, $300.
—Wyandotte Elementary, $300.
—M.E. Norman, $497.80.
—B. Edward Boudreaux Middle, $544.
—West St. Mary High, $476.25.
—Raintree Elementary, $985.
—Central Office Complex, $500.
Meanwhile, Lafayette High School Principal Patrick Leonard Sr. said Wednesday his school collected $23,600 for the family from students, faculty, administration and the community.

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