Newhall Students Turn A Bad Story Into A Great One
Missing money incident leads to overwhelming response for cancer research.
Kymmer Crookston is on staff at Newhall Elementary School. An avid supporter of the American Cancer Society and a participant in this weekend’s Relay for Life, Crookston jumped at the chance to raise money for Cancer research.
After receiving approval from the school’s PTA, she organized a “Change for Change” fundraiser, in which students were encouraged to bring in loose change to donate.
In one fifth grade class, a student brought a crisp $5 bill to add to the cause, and he placed it in a jar to be collected at the end of the day. Later, however, the teacher noticed that the $5 bill had disappeared.
The following day the teacher brought in pictures of patients battling cancer and tried to really describe to the students where the donated money was going. She even told them of a former teacher at Newhall Elementary who had died from cancer.
What happened next amazed her. The missing $5 bill mysteriously showed up. And furthermore, the students, now having a vivid picture of the cause in their head, started coming to class with more money than any of the other classes.
One fifth grader named Jordan decided to take it even further. He got permission from his parents to donate money from his personal savings. Over the course of the drive, he ended up donating $160 of his own money.
That sort of selfless act was infectious to the other students in class, who rallied to raise an unprecedented $380 dollars.
“He was very humble about it, but I thought that he was just a great example to the other kids,” Crookston said. “He helped get the kids lit on fire.”
For their efforts, they will get a pizza party tomorrow.
As for the American Cancer Society, they will be holding a massive event Saturday; Relay for Life.
The event features teams who walk for 24 hours straight to raise awareness and money for cancer research.