Church Donates Uniforms to Carroll Academy
HUNTINGDON, Tenn.–Huntingdon Missionary Baptist Church donated dozens of uniforms to students at Carroll Academy on Thursday. “You know it’s always a great blessing to be able to help somebody else in whatever way you can,” said Lynn Stapleton, pastor at Huntingdon Missionary Baptist Church. Carroll Academy is a day treatment facility for at risk students. Kids have to wear white shirts and black pants. “Some of them don’t even have the resources to have the uniform,” said Randy Hatch, senior administrator at Carroll Academy. Stapleton says his church saw the need and decided to contribute. “We wanted to support them and encourage them all we can,” Stapleton said. Carroll Academy helps more than 150 students each school year. The new uniforms will go to incoming students and those who cannot afford them. “It tells them and shows them there are people out there that do care,” said Hatch. The school says uniforms provide structure. Students appreciate the act of kindness. “I didn’t think many people cared about us you know because everyday you just think you’re getting in trouble,” said Joey Smith, a junior. “When we come here you know they care about us. They help us get on track.” The church hopes the donation helps. “Looking for a way to contribute to our community here,” said Stapleton. The church group also purchased several belts. The school says the uniforms usually cost students about $30.