On Thursday morning, while the faculty, staff, and students of Hayden Middle School were preparing for a memorial service in honor of Corie Wingo, a student who died from a severe asthma attack earlier this month, they received a touching visit from Corner Middle School students and faulty.
“We were so impressed with their willingness to be so compassionate during this situation,” said Hayden Middle School principal Ken Parker.“They have set a perfect example of what love, compassion, and community are all about.”
The Corner students and faculty provided goodie bags for every teacher at Hayden Middle School along with personalized cards and a huge banner signed by every student at Corner Middle School.
“We wanted to show how much we support them during this time, and let them know they are continuously being prayed for,” said Corner School principal Michael Manning.“We have an amazing student body and staff who I brought in to help me with this, and they ran with it in order to hopefully help Hayden through their healing process.”
Wingo, a seventh grader at Hayden Middle School, suffered an asthma attack following a football game and died that following Sunday at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, according to sources.
Following the incident, counselors and youth pastors were at the middle school the next week to provide grief support. Students were also encouraged to wear gray – the color used for asthma awareness – to school that following Tuesday.