While most high school seniors would be excited at the prospect of a senior class trip, one graduating class in a New Hampshire decided to do a little more with the roughly $8,000 saved up for their trip by giving it to their principal who was diagnosed with cancer.
Seniors of Profile Junior-Senior High School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, decided to forgo the traditional class trip after they learned that their principal, Courtney Vashaw, was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of soft tissue cancer.
“We decided not to go on our senior class trip this year and donate all our funds to your cause,” senior Ian Baker told Principal Vashaw., according to WCVB.
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The seniors originally planned to go to Rydin’ Hi Ranch, a lakefront ranch in the Adirondacks in New York, for four days. However, after putting it to a vote, they unanimously decided to give the money -- almost $8,000 -- to Vashaw who was diagnosed just a week before.
“It is very hard for me to accept help,” she told the students, “and I have no idea what to say to you.”
The students know just what to say about her though.
“She's just very caring, very selfless, and we wanted to be selfless, too,” Baker told WCVB.
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“Every one of us has a connection with her,” said senior class president, Christopher Sirois, “and she has given so much to us that we just wanted to give back.”
Senior Hunter Leighton added, “She is one of the strongest, most determined women I know and if it can happen to her, you know anything can happen to anyone.”
Vashaw told WCVB that she teaches her students about getting involved in causes bigger than themselves, and that the senior class was known for setting an example of compassion and empathy.
“They are [a] pretty remarkable, fun, astonishing group of people,” she said.
The class is planning to hold more fundraisers for their principal.
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