Students Give Up Senior Trip To Donate Funds To Sick Principal
A group of seniors in New Hampshire are showing us the true meaning of compassion. As a teacher, you can only hope your lessons will stick and your students will become better people because of you. It is clear that Courtney Vashaw's students are.
The principal of Profile Junior-Senior High School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire got the gift of a lifetime from her 41 seniors. The former teacher and vice principal had to recently give her students some awful news. She was sick with a rare and aggressive soft-tissue cancer.
After her heartbroken students heard the news, they banned together to help. They decided to give up their trip to a dude ranch in New York and give their beloved principal the $8,000 they raised.
"Ms. Vashaw really touched us all and influenced our lives," Leanza Hunt, 17. "And we know she would have done the same for us. We wanted to give back to her after she's done do much for us."
Vashaw was left speechless and forever changed by her student's kindness.
"I was just astounded by their generosity," Vashaw told TODAY. "I know how hard they worked to try to plan a good last hurrah. For them to make that decision is really a testimonial to the character of the kids."
It's remarkable to see how much good teenagers can do when they put their mind to it. We wish Courtney a fast and full recovery!