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Bowmar students raise money for child battling cancer

Sweet treats made it possible for students at Bowmar Avenue Elementary School to help a child and family in need.

For two weeks the Lighthouse Team at Bowmar sold candy grams to students in an effort to help defray the cost of medical expenses for 2-year-old Bexlee-Kaye Nash, who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma this past November.

Bexlee-Kaye is the daughter of Joey and Brittney Nash, and her paternal grandmother, Cindy Nash, has been a long-time nurse at the school.

During a celebration ceremony at Bowmar, both Brittney and Cindy were on hand to receive a check in the amount of $1,321.05.

Both were speechless while giving a hug to Pam Parman, who is the counselor at Bowmar.

Lighthouse Team sponsor Mary Quinn Wood said candy grams, which were sold for 25 cents each, were a sucker and a note from any Bowmar student to any other Bowmar student, faculty or staff.

“The Lighthouse team got together every day during special area, and they would put together the candy grams for each student which were handed out on Valentine’s Day,” Wood said.

This is the second year the Lighthouse team has sold candy grams, Wood said, with proceeds benefitting Micah’s Mission the first year.

This year Bexlee-Kaye was chosen as the beneficiary.

“We just knew nurse Nash does so much for our students, so we wanted to give back to her family in any way we could,” Wood said.

The Lighthouse Team is comprised of 15 students from fourth through sixth grades and each serves a one-year term.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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