Couple donates speaking device to Sumner County student

SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A central Tennessee couple donated a communications device to a student in Sumner County after a district educator helped give another student the same special gift.

We all met Station Camp High School student Jackson Hurt at Good Morning Nashville about six weeks ago.

“He’s amazing with this device,” Kristin Lazenby said at the time. She is a speech-language pathologist working on expanded and alternative communications for Sumner County Schools.

She applied and won Jackson a grant for a device that not only helps him read but gave him the voice he never had before.

“He knows that’s his way of saying things to people and that’s special,” Jackson’s teacher, Ashley Wood, told News 2 last month. “I think he made the connection, okay, I’ve got one now Voice, and that’s important because all of our kids have voices, we just all communicate differently.”

Joey and Susan Hickman wanted another student to have this voice after seeing Jackson’s story on News 2. The couple established the Shelby Foundation in 2009 to help other children with special needs. It’s named after her daughter, Shelby, who was non-verbal and unable to walk, but she is described as a social kid with an infectious smile and sweet spirit.

Shelby died in January 2022 and donations in her memory will now help another child. Portland East Middle School student Ian Minor is getting his own communications device thanks to the Shelby Foundation.

(L-R) Joey Hickman, Ian Minor, Susan Hickman and Kathy Minor

“We are very excited to do this and understand the challenges these families face,” said Shelby Foundation founder Joey Hickman. “This is a lasting legacy in Shelby’s memory, but it helps Ian and others like Ian and we’re grateful for that.”

The Hickmans paid more than $4,000 for a Nova Chat 5 device that will help Ian communicate with words just like Jackson did.

“As a parent, you don’t realize what needs your child will have, but with the Hickmans’ gracious hearts, it’s amazing.” Ian’s mother, Kathy Minor said. “There are no words to describe it.”

The Shelby Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises money through events like the Shelby Hickman Memorial Celebrity Golf Scramble. I will be held at the Old Hickory Country Club on Monday, August 29, 2022. Events such as the golf tournament help the foundation meet the needs of children and young people with disabilities. Couple donates speaking device to Sumner County student

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