Sumner County Schools

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The Shelby Foundation Helps SCS Student Find His Voice

A Portland East Middle School student will be receiving a communication device thanks to a generous donation from The Shelby Foundation. Joey and Susan Hickman are the founders of the charity named after their daughter who passed away in January. Shelby was non-verbal and non-ambulatory but was a social child with a contagious smile and a sweet spirit. The foundation started in 2009 to help other children with special needs.

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The Hickman's met PEMS student, Ian Minor, today. The Hickman's paid more than $4,000 for a Nova Chat 5 device that will help Ian communicate with words. The donation came from memorial contributions given in Shelby's memory.

"We are very excited to do this and know the challenges these families face," The Shelby Foundation Founder, Joey Hickman said. "This is a lasting legacy for Shelby's memory, but it gets to help Ian and others like Ian, and we are grateful for that."

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The Hickman's saw a story by Nickelle Smith on News 2 regarding another Sumner County student in need of a device, which led them to Ian.

"As a parent you don't realize all the needs your child will have but with the gracious hearts of the Hickman's, it's amazing. There are no words to describe it," Ian's mother, Kathy Minor said.

The Shelby Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises money through different events including The Shelby Hickman Memorial Celebrity Golf Scramble which will be held Monday, August 29, 2022 at Old Hickory Country Club. Events like the golf tournament help the foundation meet the needs of children and young adults with disabilities.

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For more information about The Shelby Foundation, go to https://shelbyfoundation.org/

The Sumner Connect site is the technology information and training hub to support Sumner County educators, students, and parents.