Sale of greeting cards to benefit the Addison Morgan “Shine Your Light” scholarship

In November 2020, Petal High School students in the Business, Marketing & Finance class helped pack greeting cards to help fund the Addison Morgan “Shine Your Light” Scholarship, which is awarded annually by the Petal Education Foundation in memory of Addison Morgan, a fifth grade Petal student who was killed in a car accident in August 2019.

To boost this, the foundation now offers Christmas greetings and matching cards designed and painted by Addison, who is the daughter of Petal High School counselor Melissa Morgan. All proceeds from the sale of the greeting cards will go to his scholarship endowment.

“Addison was just a ray of sunshine to everyone she came in contact with, and it was devastating that this child lost her life in a car accident like this,” said Leahne Lightsey, executive director of the Petal Education Foundation. “So immediately after hearing this horrible news, people wanted to do something, and they wanted to do something that would be lasting.

“With Melissa in education all this time, and Addison’s love for education and her involvement in fine art and those kinds of fields, it’s become a growing idea. A scholarship was created, and then of course people sent in memoirs for it, and it started to grow, and Melissa and her family contributed to the fund.

Christmas cards are $20, while assorted cards are $30 per box. They can be purchased at Petal School District Central Office at 115 East Central Avenue, or at Petal High School at 1145 Mississippi 42.

Payments can be made in cash, by check or by card. Checks should be made payable to Petal Education Foundation.

Although the “Shine Your Light” initially offered a scholarship, the sale of the greeting cards will allow the financing of a second scholarship.

“When Melissa started posting some of Addison’s drawings on Facebook, people left and right were talking about this talent she had,” Lightsey said. “She had this incredible ability to draw and paint, and the proportion that she had, and just her imagination.

“A lot of people have suggested that (Melissa) uses these artworks to generate funds for the scholarship. That’s when Melissa and her family said, “Hey, let’s give this thing over $20,000 and give two scholarships. » »

The scholarship is open to Petal High School seniors who exhibit the Addison traits of living the characteristics of Christ and compassionate love for others. Applicants must have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 90 or higher and be a good citizen for their community.

The Petal Education Foundation was founded in 1987, as one of Mississippi’s first public school education foundations. The sole purpose of the foundation is to generate funds beyond the operating budget of the Petal School District.

These tax-deductible donations provide scholarships for students, grants for teachers, early childhood/family support, and support for fine arts and athletics programs. The foundation is governed by a 17-member board of directors.

The foundation administers a variety of scholarships to help students pursue higher education goals. In many cases, scholarships make the college and university experience accessible to students who otherwise might not dream of a college education.

To date, the foundation has awarded over 503 scholarships totaling nearly $470,000. The class of 2021 will have the opportunity to apply for 71 scholarships, including the “Shine Your Light” scholarship.

Mika R. Pyle