MADISON, Ala. – Madison City Schools received a generous gift for its special education program this week in memory of one of its former students.
Jeff and Teri Kirby played the role of Santa Claus, delivering a truck-full of sensory-activity items to the Developmentally Delayed program at Liberty Middle School. Their son, Adam Kerby, died a couple of years ago from complications related to his disability.
“Today would have been Adam’s 18th birthday,” Jeff Kirby said to a round of applause throughout the DD room. The Kerbys along with their other two children distributed iPads with padded cases, special pods for wheelchair-bound kids, and other specialized items including a range of activities for life skills and sensory play.
The Kerbys are heavily involved with the Ark to the Nations, which helps orphans in Africa and other causes like special education programs.
Adam was moved by the plight of orphans at an early age after his family hosted five orphan boys from Sudan who were traveling with the African Children’s choir. He continued to pray for orphans the rest of his life, which compelled the Kerbys to honor those wishes. ARK is Adam Reed Kerby’s initials.
Teri Kerby told the DD teachers, Liberty Principal Nelson Brown and students that the gifts were possible from a lot of generous support to Ark to the Nations.
“This isn’t just from us. It’s from a lot of people,” said Teri. Adam always found joy in the notion of helping others.
“It was an honor and privilege to have Adam in our school system,” said Dr. Maria Kilgore, Director of Special Education for Madison City Schools. “Even the short time he was with us, we miss him every day. The Kerbys are a fine example of people who can turn tragedy into triumph. These gifts will be a living legacy of Adam.”
– Contributed by John Peck, Madison City Schools