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This fall, over 2,300 East Coweta High School students—including our CIS students—heard an inspirational message from Natalie Bacho, who is near to the heart of our CIS program.

 

Natalie is president of the Abby’s Angels Foundation, named in honor of her daughter, Abby Bacho, who died on Christmas Day of 2012 from injuries suffered in a December 12 traffic accident caused by a distracted teen driver.

 

Natalie told her family's personal story, explaining how Abby’s life was taken in a second by a teen driver who was not paying attention. She said Abby’s Angels was created to honor Abby by providing support to families whose children give the gift of life through organ donation. Abby’s Angels is also deeply involved with educating young drivers about the dangers of distracted driving.

 

Officer Grant, who was the first person on the scene after Abby’s accident, also spoke to the students, and Cody Landry told how one look at his phone while driving caused him to take another student's life.

 

The foundation has also created Abby’s Closets in several schools across the country. Abby’s Closets are stocked with school supplies that are made available to children whose families are unable to provide them.

 

Our CIS students at EC—and many others—often take advantage of the supplies available at Abby’s Closet to help them meet their educational goals.

 

Shown in the photo are, from left, CIS Site Coordinator Jessie Foreman, CIS Site Coordinator Courtney Cooper, Natalie Bacho, CIS Program Director Denise Buchanan, Cody Landry and Officer Grant.

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