By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (January 24, 2017) — Danny Brandon knows what it’s like to grow up not being able to afford the same opportunities as his peers.
When Brandon, a Stephenville resident and owner of Allstar Pest Pro, read of the same scenario facing a group of Gilbert Intermediate School students, he wasted no time taking action.
Brandon read on TheFlashToday.com that some of the 157 local sixth grade students hoping to attend Camp Grady Spruce at Possum Kingdom Lake couldn’t afford to do so and immediately began reaching out to see how he could help.
“I was that kid growing up. There was no money after dinner; none for basketball and absolutely none for camps,” Brandon told Flash reporter Amanda Kimble, who wrote of the need for approximately $2,500 to fund the camp for children who couldn’t afford it, when he contacted her to ask how he could help. “I know there are others like me out there who just want to help make sure these kids don’t get left out.”
So Danny joined his wife, Amy, and his son, Colby, an SHS alumnus, in surprising Gilbert Intermediate principal Mary Laigle and teacher Liz Meiron with a $500 check Tuesday afternoon.
Brandon said his family is familiar with the camp because they visit Possum Kingdom in the summers and have seen it from afar. He said his daughter, a fifth grader at Gilbert, will be attending the camp next year.
“She’s already excited and talking about going, she can’t wait,” Brandon said.
Thanks to the Brandons and Allstar Pest Pro, some sixth graders who may have not otherwise have had the opportunity, will get to enjoy the camp, too.
To donate to the effort to send sixth graders to Camp Grady Spruce, contact Gilbert Intermediate School at 254.968.4664.