Petal student raises funds for autism in classmate's honor

Petal student raises funds for autism in classmate's honor
Logan and Houston
Logan and Houston

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - It all started with a simple classroom routine.

Every morning in a Petal 8th grade classrooms, students start their day with a routine called "Wish you well." The exercise allows students to get whatever is bothering them off of their chests before the school day starts.

"It can be something to celebrate, or an ill family member, anything that might be important to them," said Kim Hinton, a Petal math teacher. "That way, the students can know why their classmate might be distracted, and are able to lift them up throughout the day."

What Hinton did not realize is that one circumstance would resonate with one of her students, and inspire them to raise funds for a national charity.

"Last week, one of my students with autism, Houston, said he wished he could focus more and be less scatter-brained," Hinton said. "It can be frustrating for Houston because he can become distracted. That's when Logan decided to help."

Logan Baggett, one of Hinton's students, went home over the weekend and researched autism. He sent Hinton the following email:

I was walking in Walmart and I saw those silly Confederate flag shirts and thought anyone could make those and make money off of them. And then it hit me.

Logan has sold 35 t-shirts in honor of his classmate. Although the funds raised will not go directly to Houston, the money raised will go toward the national non-profit Autism Speaks. Donations for the non-profit go toward research to finding a cure for autism.

"The shirt says Autism Speaks, Petal Speaks louder," Hinton said."I just thought it was so sweet because Logan came up with this completely on his own just to help out Houston."

To purchase a shirt, click here.