Shown in attached photo, from left to right: Shane Reynolds, Para-Pro Angela Smith, Sunshine Cotney, Principal Beth Chandler, and Para-Pro Teresa Walton.
By David L. Bell, Director of Public Relations, Chambers County School District
VALLEY – Fairfax Elementary School Principal Beth Chandler recently posted on her school’s Facebook page the need for a used refrigerator in a Special Needs classroom. The post was seen later that evening by a 2020 Valley High graduate who decided to respond.
“It was around midnight when I saw it, and I immediately woke up my dad and told him there was something I had to do,” said Sunshine Cotney. “I asked for his help to buy a new refrigerator that we could deliver to the school.”
That delivery was received Wednesday morning by a thankful group of educators.
“Sunshine has had a special place in her heart for kids who are mentally and physically challenged since she was a second-grader at Shawmut Elementary,” said Bogey Cotney, Sunshine’s father. “She’s a very caring, compassionate person.”
Sunshine is currently studying elementary education at Southern Union State Community College and plans to transfer to Auburn University to pursue a degree in Special Education. She also has an invitation to come back and visit the class she gifted.
“I’ve just been amazed by the generosity of this community,” said new Special Needs teacher Shane Reynolds. “We are very grateful for this young lady’s kind thoughtfulness on our behalf.”