Renee Heffner came to the Dothan Adopt a School Kickoff Breakfast to give.."It's such a heartwarming experience." But she received so much more in return.
"I said they made me the posterchild for the adopt a school program."
A recognition she says she doesn't deserve.
"I just saw that Ameris Bank was sponsoring a program to donate instruments that were unused to children who were not financially able to afford an instrument."
And that's when she realized what to do.
"I had had a trumpet for 50 years that my dad had bought for me when I was eleven years old."
But that's not why giving it up would be so hard. Along with 5o years came tragedy. "My dad had bought it for me on Monday and I had my first music lesson on Monday and he passed away on Tuesday."
Many days have passed since her father's death, but his memory will now live on through freshman Diana Small's music.
"I received so much because I got to meet the young lady that received the donation and she just warmed my heart."
And that's what the program is all about.
"Today's program was all about showing business leaders how they can get involved in making a better Dothan by adopting a school."
"Today is our...the biggest day of our year. This is the day we plan...our adopters come together, we celebrate our successes, we tell some of the stories that have happened over the last school year and then our schools and their adopters get together and then plan for the new school year."
And that plan is put into action through donations like Heffner's.
"Get behind the Adopt a School program because that's what's gonna make our city a better place to live is if we have better school and it takes the whole community to make that happen."
In Dothan, Scottie Hunter, WTVY News 4.
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