High Schoolers Give Class Trip Money to Principal Battling Cancer

May 28, 2015 at 4:26 pm |
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Senior class gives $8,000 to principal

The students at Profile Junior-Senior High School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire must have gotten some pretty solid instruction on humanitarianism in their education. The senior class recently canceled their long-awaited trip to a Ranch Resort in the Adirondacks in order to give the money they had raised for the trip to their high school principal who is battling from cancer.

The seniors found out about Courtney Vashaw’s illness after they had already raised the money for the trip, and unanimously agreed that instead of taking the trip they would donate the $8,000 raised over a four year period to help Vashaw treat her synovial sarcoma, a rare type of soft-tissue cancer.

The students have a strong connection with Mrs. Vashaw, and felt that it would be right for them to give back everything she’s given to them, saying that the decision was an easy one.

“She’s just very caring, very selfless, and we wanted to be selfless, too,” senior class treasurer Ian Baker told WMUR.

Vashaw was floored by the student’s touching motion and is happy to have the support and love of her school. “I will never be able to pay them back,” Vashaw told Today. “But it is my full intent to pay it forward.”

The $8,000 they raised over four years went towards her fight against cancer. “We just wanted to give back.”