Students at Harlem Elementary School have had a tough time in recent months.
One of the most popular kindergartners, Seth Ironside, 5, is very ill with a brain tumor. Students have been thinking him, praying for him and raising money for Seth and his family.
Such a tragedy would have a severe impact on anyone, but it must be especially hard on youngsters.
But the school staff has done a great job of teaching the young people how to cope with such tragedies and how to lend a hand to people who are suffering.
Six staffers agreed to have their hair shaved — with the hair donated to Locks of Love — if students could raise as much as $5,000.
It started when principal Shiloh Seymour came up with the idea, and Seth’s teacher, Mandy Hansen, quickly jumped on board. They said they would have their heads shaved of the kids raised $1,000. Other staffers joined in, each agreeing to get bald heads if the students reached a higher amount.
The kids reached the the goal and then some, coming up with more than $8,000. Big Sandy raised money on their own.
Harlem, Fort Belknap and the entire Hi-Line have come together to support Seth, and the little children have led the way, with the guidance of their teachers and principal.
It has been heartwarming to see.
Truly dedicated teachers have sacrificed a lot for one of their students, and students have prompted their community to unite.
The great little community of Harlem has become a lot greater.