Tyler Spann used to be a student here at Lexington High School until he faced a tragedy and drowned in June of last year at Panama City Beach, Florida. Today, his friends are honoring him and carrying on his legacy.
Spann would have turned 17 years old this week.
For his birthday, his friends along with the Tyler Spann Foundation are holding a crayon drive to raise crayons for all the elementary schools in Henderson county.
"Tyler always had a smile on his face and he loved helping others so this is just a way to remember him and teach others about giving back,” says teacher Brooklyn Hudson.
Spann’s football number was the number 24, and his friends say growing up he loved the blue crayola crayon, so this seemed like the perfect fundraiser to have in Spann’s name.
“He probably loved the idea because it makes everybody so happy and he'd just be smiling,” says Spann's friend Maya Parker.
As Spann’s friends remember him, they hope everyone in the community feels the kindness and impact that he would have wanted to make.
“It just means a lot to honor a friend like Tyler was. Everything we do we try to make sure everyone knows how good a person Tyler was and we try to do right by him,” says Spann's friend Connor Wood.
All of the boxes of crayons that were raised will be delivered to elementary schools here in the county next week.