FFA students lead drive honoring Quitman
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–Two Eustace ag students, who spearheaded a fundraiser
for the family of a Quitman FFA student who died earlier this
year in a car accident, handed over a check totaling $1,750 May
Becky and David Carpenter were honored to receive it in memory
of their daughter, Skylar, who was just 15 when she died.
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Eustace FFA teacher Theresa Tindell (left) stands next to
freshmen Caitlyn Culp and Breanna Fuller as they hand Becky and
David Carpenter a check for $1,750 for the Skylar Carpenter
Memorial Fund May 25.
The couple told them about the Skylarship Foundation they had
formed to fund scholarships in Skylar’s memory. Just a few weeks
ago, the foundation gave out its first four $1,000 scholarships
to Quitman High School seniors, David Carpenter said.
In gratitude for their fund-raising efforts, Becky prepared gift
bags for each student with a photo of Skylar, memory wrist bands
and other small items.
When Caitlyn Culp and Breanna Fuller first heard about Skylar’s
traffic death while carpooling with other FFA students to the
San Antonio Livestock Show in mid-February, they wanted to do
Fuller told her ag teacher, Zach Tappan, that her stepsister had
gone to school with Skylar and was very upset about her death.
“He gave her the go-ahead to start raising funds for the
family,” fellow teacher Theresa Tindel told The Monitor.
The Eustace High School Ag Booster Club held its 14th annual
chili cookoff and auction just one week after the fatal
The girls set up a box to collect donations and those attending
were made aware of their efforts, booster club president Danny
The girls began collecting the donations, but things really
started to heat up when local veterinarian Darrell Kinnard, DVM,
donated the cake he had just won with the highest bid back to
the auctioneer with the stipulation that the money raised from
its re-auction be added to the fund being raised for Skylar
He did and it was.
“That cake was re-auctioned five times first to Doug Fortenberry
and then to Joel Chapel, Seth Almonza, Larry Teague and finally
to an Athens couple, Toby and Mike Harrington,” Davis said.
In this way, $1,000 was raised for the Carpenters. The club also
made a donation, Davis added. “The Eustace Community just opened
up and gave,” Davis added.
Skylar’s parents told how they had auctioned off a commercial
heifer that Skylar was raising. The Quitman community also came
out in strong support, resulting in the $15,900 sale of that
Skylar’s dad is working with Quitman ag teacher Brant Lee and
his ag mechanics class on the overhauling of a cooker he donated
to the class.
“When they’re done with it, it’ll be beautiful and road worthy,”
David Carpenter said.
It’s to be raffled off with the proceeds going to the Skylarship
Foundation, he said.
“I’m also having a special belt buckle crafted and the Ag
student who sells the most raffle tickets will get the belt
buckle,” he said.
Both Fuller and Culp are among the Eustace FFA officers for
2011-12, with Fuller as treasurer.
“I think these two have demonstrated promising leadership
skills,” Tindel commented.
Anyone interested in donating to the Skylarship Foundation
Inc.may do so by sending a check to City National Bank, P.O. Box
1092, Quitman, Texas 75783 for account #54783.