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We All Can Be Superheroes

With the one year anniversary of her son’s tragic drowning accident approaching, Angela Capers, set out on a mission to honor her son’s memory. Martin Capers was a junior at Colleton County High School when he tragically drowned May 21st, 2017. Since his death, his mother has had an overwhelming outreach from the community and learned things she never knew. “I learned a lot about my son since he passed,” Capers said, “I didn’t know that he was that well known. A lot of kids still talk about him and about the influence that he had on them.” Martin was a very social child, according to his mother, who said that she raised her son to just love people. Martin was involved in the NJROTC at Colleton County High, enjoyed skateboarding and loved super heroes. “He loved superheroes,” Capers said, “His favorite was Flash.” With the anniversary of his passing approaching, Capers decided that she wanted to do something for her son and other children to remind them that there are dangers in life that we need to know and understand. Capers contacted Dr. Crosby, CCHS Principal, and asked if she would ask the students and teachers to dress as superheroes on Friday, May 18th in honor of her son. Capers, who also works at Black Street Early Childhood Center, asked teachers and staff at the school to do the same. Her mission for this was simple, to honor her superhero loving son and to remind adults and children that we too can be superheroes if we teach and warn others about dangers. “We dress as superheroes so we, parents, adults, educators and teachers, can use our powers of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding so we can teach them about the dangers and safety, so another mother won’t lose their child to some unseen tragedy,” Capers said, “I’m trying to take his death and use it to help other children. We need to be superheroes by helping educate children about safety and dangers in all aspects of life not only drowning.”

Capers named it, “Super Hero Safety Awareness Day” and has plans to continue it every year in hopes of educating children on all the different dangers there are in life. “We have lost so many students,” Capers said. Martin along with several other classmates who have passed away this year will be honored during the Class of 2018 Colleton County High School graduation ceremony. Capers plans on speaking with the school district about possibly dedicating a dress down each year in memory of her son, with proceeds going to a special scholarship for a NJROTC student. Capers is also on a mission to find a grant or funding source for a public skate board park for children in Colleton County in memory of her son. Her journey is long from over but her hope for Colletonians is that you will stop and recognize that we all have an inner superhero that we too can help save someone.

Amye Stivender (218 Posts)