If you need another reason to prove that the Hi-Line is a special place with special people, take a look at the happenings in Harlem these days.
The community has rallied around 5-year-old Seth Ironchild, a Harlem Elementary School kindergartner who is suffering from a brain tumor.
Seth has been hospitalized in Spokane for some time.
Harlem has seen a good share of tragedy recently, but hearing about this precious youngster in a hospital bed has taken its toll, especially among Seth’s 17 classmates who have placed his jacket and a teddy bear at his vacant desk.
School officials have designed a fundraising project that will help Seth’s family pay expenses as they sit at his bedside. At the same time, they want the effort to be educational and fun.
So principal Shiloh Seymour and Seth’s teacher, Mandy Hansen, have provided an incentive for students to help out in raising money.
If the students raise $1,000, Seymour and Hansen will shave their heads and donate the hair to Locks for Love, the group that makes wigs for people who have lost their hair during chemotherapy treatment.
If the kids raise more money, other staffers have lined up to shave their heads.
Kids will get a kick out of seeing the adults get their heads shaved. Money will be raised for a good cause. And the kids will learn an invaluable lesson of being able to sacrifice for a cause greater than themselves.
The teachers, administrators and staff who are taking part in this project are exceptional educators who will leave a lasting good impression on all the students who are undergoing such trauma at seeing Seth suffer.
They are helping students cope and helping them learn valuable lessons while they are enduring such heartache.