Over the next few weeks, high school seniors across the country will be graduating and embarking on their most anticipated rites of passage: the senior class trip. With one foot clinging anxiously to childhood and the other toeing the door to the future, the final journey with their classmates celebrates their accomplishments and long-time bond, while also testing the freedom waters so close they can taste it.
No one could blame the seniors at the Profile school in Bethlehem, New Hampshire for looking forward to their class trip. But instead of one last hurrah, they’ll be sticking close to home. The trip wasn’t called off due to a lack of interest or funds, though. No, it was canceled because they found a better use for their money: They’re donating all $8,000 of it to the school principal.
According to ABC News, principal Courtney Vashaw was diagnosed with a cancer of the soft tissue in early May. Sure, the students could have written her get-well notes or chipped in to buy her flowers. But they didn’t. Instead, the seniors asked her to join them at a class meeting, and then informed her that they had unanimously voted to donate the trip money towards her medical expenses.
“I feel like this has been a beautiful experience as an educator,” Vashaw, who has been at the school for seven years, 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.”
Vashaw will go to New York in the coming weeks for treatment of her cancer, which is a rare and aggressive variety. Prior to that, she’ll be handing out diplomas.
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