Royse City couple finds Corsicana child’s helium balloon

ROYSE CITY – When little Payton Dowling and a group of 3 to 5 year-olds from the Little Red Schoolhouse pre-school in Corsicana released helium balloons April 14, she attached a note asking that anyone who found her balloon would please write back.

According to a story in the Corsicana Daily Sun, Billy and Jo Ann Maroney of Royse City found the balloon in their yard and mailed it back with a personalized note, which was received last week.

“Payton, I found your balloon in my yard (address given) on May 5. Your balloon had quite a journey. I hope you have had a good school year. God bless, Billy Maroney.”

Maroney, 68, said he found the balloon in his yard and read the message, and thought briefly that it might be a “put up deal,” but his wife, JoAnn, recommended just sending it back.

“I thought, ‘It’s a school project, so I ought to send it back,’” Maroney told the Corsicana newspaper. “It’s close to 100 miles, I’m north of Royce City, so the kid’s balloon did good.”

Carolyn Yates of the Schoolhouse said that week was particularly windy, which explains how the lighter-than-air vessel managed to soar more than 100 miles and over a major metropolis before finally losing enough helium to come down to earth.

“It was just so nice of him to take the time to write a note and send it back. I’m just so grateful,” she said.

This is the first time in about 10 years of releasing balloons that one has been found, she added.

“I was praying we’d get another one, but I was happy we got one. It will make a nice class for the children,” she told the newspaper.

The balloons were released as part of Week of the Young Child activities in April. Week of the Young Child is an annual event designed to bring awareness to the needs of young children and importance of early learning.

Photo from Corsicana Daily Sun.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher


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