Mom Donates School Supplies to Honor Late Son on What Would Have Been His First Day of Kindergarten
A Florida mother has turned her sadness into joy by donating truckloads of supplies to local schools on the day her son, Carsyn, was meant to be starting kindergarten.
Each year, Courtney Scott hosts events in remembrance of her son Carsyn, who drowned in a neighbor's koi fish pond in 2012, when he was just 15 months old.
"It was a tragic accident, and I try to make the best out of what life he had," Scott told InsideEdition.com.
Every year, she asks friends and family to perform random acts of kindness in his honor and releases 15 balloons to mark the 15 months Carsyn was alive.
"I want to be able to share Carsyn with the world," she said. "That's been my biggest goal since he passed away."
But this fall would have been the year Carsyn started his first day of kindergarten.
"I knew it was going to be hard, but I didn't want to make it that way for myself," Scott said. "I wanted to turn it around."
She decided to remember baby Carsyn in a way that would benefit the entire community.
Last Monday, she dropped off more than $1,500 worth of school supplies to eight different schools in her region, including Manatee Elementary, the school Carsyn would have started his first day of kindergarten.
"Even though I wouldn't be able to walk into the school with Carsyn, I still wanted to walk into the school and not be empty-handed," she said.
A month leading up to the event, the Viera mom invited friends and family to drop off donations that would be handed out to underprivileged schools in her area. She even set up a PayPal account, where friends and family from out of the area could donate cash, which she would use to purchase the supplies herself.
"Teachers spend way too much money on their own," Scott said.
She knew she wanted to make a huge impact, but she never expected more than 100 families to drop off new notebooks, crayons and gluesticks.
In addition, she and her family even purchased five full carts of school supplies from Walmart using the $1,500 she received in donations.
"The hardest part about it was I woke up sick that day," she joked. "I had a fever, but I knew I needed to do it."
She said that while the pain of losing her son never truly goes away, she hopes each effort will keep Carsyn's memory alive.
"I'm always the mom with five kids, never four," she said.