Please show these teenagers the power of love and compassion. Four months ago, one of our fellow high school students suffered a rare blood clot on his neck and is now a quadriplegic. The family needs A LOT of financial help, and our students are volunteering hours of their time to raise money.
The students here at our inner-city high school in California are proving to be selfless and compassionate.
These students, the majority of whom don't even know Jose, jumped at the chance to help him when they heard about his story. Jose is not a popular student. He is shy, kind, and academic. Our students have designed and executed numerous fundraisers, and many of the students volunteer hours and hours of their time to help the cause. The students started helping with no expectation of any rewards or recognition. All different types of students have been involved, regardless of race, creed, or financial status. We have students from other schools, even private schools and elementary kids, supporting and donating money. The community was so touched by the story of these teenagers coming to the aid of their friend that they started sending in their own money. Our initial goal was $3,000, but we have raised over $80,000 for our Jose. And these students want to keep going!
It started with many many students donating their lunch money into a plastic cup. We were not collecting donations fast enough for them. A student came up with an idea to make buttons for Jose expressing words of encouragement and love. Another student designed the first button "Stay Strong Jose," and we decided to sell them for $1 to help raise money for this deserving family. The buttons served to not only generate money, but also served as a cheap and easy way for students to show their unity. Students wanted them in different languages, and different school teams wanted to show their own support for Jose. We started making all different kinds of designs, and all the students started collecting buttons. The borrowed button machine needed to be returned, and we are currently without a button machine and materials. We cannot make any more buttons, and we are hoping that someone will donate one to us.
This is a life lesson that these teenagers are learning.
They are learning about the power of compassion and that kindness begets more kindness. This is the type of lesson that they will keep for the rest of their lives, and they will grow up to be members of the community that have learned how to give back and help others. Even despite the financial turmoil around us, and all the budget cuts in the district, our students have found a way to help a child in need. Is anything more important?
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