Overstreet column: From balloon release to Codyís Carnival

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 6, 2011

My school experiencedsomething I hope no one else will have to endure anytime soon.
This incident is one that no one will forget, and hopefully my sharing with you will show others that incidents such as these are not easy.
Several schools in our county have experienced death in the past year.
However, I want to share something with you as a community member, business owner, parent and friend.
My friends and I decided we wanted to do something to memorialize our classmate, senior Cody Ludwick who died March 12 from complications following heart surgery.
The plans began as a simple balloon release during our track teamís senior night.
The plan now involves a committee of students and adults, who have expanded this one simple idea into a carnival for members of the community.
The events of the day will range from live entertainment, to club-sponsored booths to a silent auction, with the proceeds going to a charity of the Ludwick familyís choice.
We hope to raise awareness about a special young man that impacted many around him. This event will be held on the campus of East Rowan High School, even though this will not be a school-sponsored event.
Codyís Carnival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7.
Donations will be collected during the event.
For more information call Stephanie Whitley at 704-433-2923.
Anita Overstreet is a senior at East Rowan High School.