Special deeds for special needs

By Andy Garrison

December 4, 2012

  [caption id="attachment_14151" align="alignnone" width="287"] Kathy Kelly, administrative coordinator for student government assosication gives back for special needs children.[/caption] In the world of good deeds, they don’t always have to be done in front of society as some grandiose production; sometimes they can be done in private born to facilitate some of the most basic needs of those less fortunate. At Missouri Western, Administrative Coordinator of Student Development Kathy Kelly did not hesitate student Katelynn Crawford told her some local special needs students could've used a hand in nearby Savannah. “I had a girl come in and ask me about some T-shirts,” Kelly said. “It was for the departments up in Savannah with the special needs classroom. They were going to be in the local parade, and really wanted to have all of their shirts match. So we donated home coming shirts to that group and then, after I found out what it was about, my sister and I donated five or six bags of clothes to that particular classroom because they needed them.” It appears that good deeds runs in the family as Kelly’s sister, Jamie Bachman, was also quick to assist the special needs class. She also offers some clarification on how they learned that additional clothing may be a need that they could assist with. “My sister had told me how grateful that teacher (Shirley Catlett) was to get some help from the university with the T-shirts,” Bachman said. “She had said anything we had she could definitely utilize and I thought, on a Saturday, this teacher is off and as soon as Kathy called her she is right there. I guess it was just hearing her talk, it was evident that she was a super teacher who puts the needs of her kids first.” Kelly was also the advisor for the sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha previously. Western student and ASA member Morgan Lindgren commented on how Kelly seemed to feel about the opportunity to help out in the days before making her donation. “She seemed really passionate about having this opportunity for students who may be struggling and just needed a little help,” Lindgren said. After the class had received the donation, they made a poster with all of their photos on it to thank Kelly. She feels compelled to do more to thank them for it than just an impersonal phone call or letter. “I am going to try to go do a special visit to the classroom and personally thank them for the poster,” Kelly said.