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Students Donate Senior Trip Funds to Principal's Cancer Care

The Short of It

Seniors at Bethlehem Profile School in New Hampshire had been planning to take a trip to Rydin' Hi Ranch in New York when they found out their principal, Courtney Vashaw, had been diagnosed with a rare cancer of the soft tissue. Instead of taking the trip, the teens voted unanimously to donate the nearly $8,000 to her medical care.

The Lowdown

Vashaw announced her health issues to the students to let them know she'd be missing some school to get specialized treatment for the aggressive form of cancer she has.

After they voted to give Vashaw their trip money, the kids told their principal they were having a senior meeting, but instead, they surprised her with the news they'd be donating their funds to her.

"Every one of us has a connection with her, and she has given so much to us that we just wanted to give back," Christopher Sirois, the senior class president told ABC7.

The Upshot

What a kind, selfless group of kids. It sounds like Vashaw and the teachers at her school have done an excellent job.

"I feel like this has been a beautiful experience as an educator," Vashaw told ABC News. "You work so hard to try and help cultivate not only academically astute young people but kids who care. I am just so impressed and so proud of these kids for being the embodiment of that."

"If I even make it through the graduation without being a teary, soggy mess, it's going to be a miracle," Vashaw said.

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