(AP) — /SNIP/ When Obama discussed the school during his first congressional address, 14-year-old eighth-grade student Ty’Sheoma Bethea was in the audience as one of his invited guests.
National support for the crumbling school began to pour in. Students got the surprise of their lives in May, when the CEO of a Chicago company donated $250,000 worth of new furniture and fresh paint on the cafeteria’s walls. Bethea spoke about the school’s struggles. The dress she wore to the president’s speech was ensconced in South Carolina’s state museum.
PID COMMENT: Convenient timing, isn’t it? Of course, Bethea no longer attends the school. In the past year, the town’s economy has nose-dived even further, and the young letter writer has moved to Atlanta with her family. We wish her well.