Feb 19, 2014 3:59 PM

Lafayette High holding collection for Cheatham-Escort families

Lafayette High School, through the sponsorship of the baseball parents, is supporting a "donation collection" at Lafayette High School on Friday, February 21, 2013.  They're asking donations for the Cheatham-Escort family be brought to the school, but KATC has also created an online page for those who can't make it on Friday.  CLICK HERE to donate online to their collection, and the funds will be handed over to Lafayette High for distribution.

Four people died in the weekend accident after a tire blow-out on their SUV. The vehicle crossed Highway 90 and into the path of a Lafayette Parish school bus carrying Lafayette High baseball players. Killed were 6-year-old Destiny Cheatham, 16-year-old Marcus Cheatam, 36-year-old LaDonna Cheatam, and 14-year-old Dwayne Escort.

Lafayette High students will also be observing a "Remembrance Day" for the Cheatham- Escort families at 11:41 am. , the time of the accident.

In addition, all employees and students, as well as members of the community, are being asked to make a donation of at least one dollar ($1.00), more would be better.

According to Principal Patrick Leonard, "with the large amount of support that Lafayette High School has received from the community, we must also remember that this tragedy affected many families and friends of all involved in this crash. Lafayette High School would like everyone of the Lafayette Parish community to join us in helping to defray some of the costs involved in recovery of the Cheatam-Escort families."

All donations can be brought to Lafayette High School anytime Friday and Monday. All checks should be made out to the "Cheatham-Escort' benefit fund.


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