On behalf of Clearmont Elementary School, I would like to express my sincerest appreciation for the outpouring of support for our kindergarten student, Morgan Warren, and her family. As you may recall, Morgan won our Holiday Essay contest before the Winter Break, which articulated her wish for her little brother to have a tomb rock (tombstone).
On Thursday, December 20th, the story appeared on the WKYK website, and the phone began ringing at Clearmont, with members of the school community calling to see how they could help with the purchase of the tombstone. Beginning the next day, we began our break early due to snow, but that didn’t stop the outpouring of kindness. The story ran in The Yancey County Times Journal and The Yancey County News in the following days, and the faculty, staff, and I received numerous calls from people all over the county, some that didn’t even know the family, but were touched by the story and wanted to help.
I spoke with Dawn Warren, Morgan’s mother, and she said, “You just don’t know what this means to us. I can’t begin to tell you have much we appreciate the caring people in Yancey County.” Dennis Wilson, owner of Yancey Memorials, is to be commended for setting up the tombstone fund and taking the time to speak with all of the people that were interested in donating. According to Dennis, as of today, the family has chosen the tombstone, and it has been completely paid for by the compassionate, generous members of our county.
Angie Anglin, Principal
Clearmont Elementary School