Big Hearts: Students Stage Plan to Help Fire Victims

COLEMAN, TEXAS (KTAB)  -The young actors and actresses at Coleman High School are in the midst of rehearsals. 
 
“We are doing the play, The Christmas Carol at Coleman,” says sophomore student, Skyler Squyres. 
 
It’s something more personal taking center stage of this specific production. 
 
Squyres adds, “I was devastated to be honest. My friend had just lost everything and I didn't know what to do.”
 
“It's kind of hard but then again at the same time, it's better than just sitting at the house and kind of grieving about it,” says sophomore, Destiny Kincaid. 
 
Destiny Kincaid,16, has more than memorizing lines on her mind. 
 
Fire destroyed her family’s Novice home less than a week ago. 
 
“We try to keep a routine. I didn't call practice off and Destiny was here the night after her home had burned down. That's dedication,” says Donna Landers, a Coleman High School teacher.  
 
“I was actually surprised she came and I was happy that she was alive,” says Squyres. 
 
Kincaid adds, “Just kind of to get my mind off it.”
 
The play was going to serve as an opportunity to support the CHS theater program. 
 
Landers says, “Our plan this year was, we were going to put in the auditorium. We were going to buy new lights.”
 
Theater teacher, Donna Landers knew the money from the show was needed somewhere else. 
 
Squyres says, “We're going to have donations and everything that we get from the donations we're going to give to support her family and I'm excited about that.”
 
Landers say, “It teaches my kids how to be caring and to give back.”
 
“It's going to be very emotional for everybody because everything that we do is for Destiny. She's going to be very emotional. It's very hard on her and also heartwarming because she knows that we're behind her. She knows that,” says senior, Taylor Barnett. 
 
Kincaid is overwhelmed by the support of her classmates, “It's hard but then again at the same time, I'm blessed to know everybody who is trying to help and be there for me. I'm grateful. Everything happens for a reason. Something is going to come up and God is going to support us.” 
 
This isn’t the first year the theater department has used its money to support a family in need. Last year, Landers says the money went to a student’s family who lost a parent. 
 
You can support the Kincaid family by attending the upcoming performances. The first is scheduled for November 30th at 6 pm. The second show is December 3rd at 2 pm. There is no admission fee but donations collected will go directly to the Kincaid family. 

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