Alex Bridgman Fundraiser At Lee High School

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By Catalina Trivino

It's been a tough week at one Montgomery high school after a student was killed earlier this week in an accident. Now, those students are trying to overcome that tragedy by doing a good deed.

Robert E. Lee  High School students are raising money for Alex Bridgman's funeral, the 16-year-old who was hit by a truck while crossing the road near Birmingham on Tuesday night as he was coming home from a field trip.

It's another day of school here at Lee High School.

While it may look normal, students in the Information Technology Academy classroom say that's not the case -- they're missing a student who used to sit in an empty seat that belonged to sophomore, Alex Bridgman.

"Very tough day long today," Said classmate and friend, Ki-Jana Payne, who says he's had a hard time with his loss.

"Expecting him to walk around the corner and say, 'hey guys' and sitting across from me in class... I keep thinking that this isn't real. I just keep thinking that I'm going to walk into class and he's going to be in there and when I walk in... it just hurts to see that he's not," Said another friend, Narissa McNeal.

Losing a friend is why students at  Lee High School are asking you to open your hearts and your wallets to get out all of your change and bring it to their school on Monday.

Payne was on the bus when Bridgman was killed on a busy stretch of highway, just south of Birmingham on Highway 119. He was part of the IT Academy field trip  when they stopped in Pelham for dinner. That's when Pelham police say the student was hit by a pickup truck as he and another student tried to cross the  road.

"Normally I don't really cry, but I've known this guy for a while. Too long not to feel any kind of emotion. I mean, it was just tragic," Said Payne. "I wasn't expecting anything bad to happen, but it just happened," Said Payne.

And while the students can't change what happened, they hope your change will help Bridgman's family.

"Just think of if your family was in need because he was our family to us. We're trying to pull as a community together to help raise this money," Said McNeal.

Students will collect coins in the lobby of the high school all day starting at 7 a.m. Monday morning. School officials say they plan to name the IT Academy after him.
 

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Landmark Church of Christ In Montgomery

Wednesday, February 12: Public Viewing 11 a.m.; Memorial Service 12 p.m.
 

HOW TO HELP

Send your donations to the Alexander Bridgeman fund account...
Account Number: 1210143549
Donations can be deposited at the Servis First Bank at 8117 Vaughn Road, Montgomery AL.



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