Shawnee Mission NW students take restaurant shifts to raise money for family of classmate who drowned
SHAWNEE, Kan. — Generosity and compassion were served Wednesday at Firehouse Subs, 6415 Quivira Rd., in Shawnee. Following the drowning of Treyvon Mays, 17, on August 16, students and staff at Shawnee Mission Northwest, where he was a student, felt compelled to help his family.
According to one student who volunteered to work a shift at Firehouse Subs and donate the money to the Treyvon Mays Memorial Fund, the principal of the school came up with the idea.
“She reached out to the owner of Firehouse Subs and she got this working,” said Lucia Agbor, a Shawnee Mission Northwest student.
“I can’t even express to you the words of how nice of them to do this,” Agbor said. “It’s blowing my mind how someone who didn’t even know the family of Treyvon Mays would have so much compassion in their heart as to do something this huge for a family who’s grieving right now. There’s really no words to explain how generous and how kind they’re being.”
Mays and several others were swimming and paddle boating in the Lake View Estates lake near 56th and Widmer when he disappeared. Friends did not see him go under so they thought he may have left and walked to a friend’s house. Crews searched the water with boats and a dive team from Overland Park for almost two hours before they found Mays. The lake is about 10 acres, with a dam and a beach area.
Mays was a senior at Shawnee Mission Northwest. His friends said he was a star athlete, number 9 on the Shawnee Mission Northwest football team, and a talented basketball player.
“I’m doing it because Treyvon Mays was always kind to me. Every time he saw me in the hallways, he would smile. He would say hi,” Agbor said. “We weren’t like close friends or anything. We were acquaintances but he was always this kid that smiles and he’s always nice to everyone.”
If you’d like to donate to The Treyvon Mays Memorial Fund, you can mail checks to Treyvon Mays Memorial Fund c/o Country Club Bank 21911 W. 66th Street Shawnee, KS 66226.