NEWPORT -- The community of North Country Union High School held a fundraiser for Tyler Jenkins May 8, with all the proceeds going to the Melissa Jenkins trust fund (donations accepted at any branch of the Passumpsic Bank in Vermont and New Hampshire).
NCUHS showed its support for the Jenkins family with a crowd of 325 people attending, and a total of over $1,100 raised in the half-hour event! The project was built up over a common theme: doing something nice for others.
Student Sophie Congdon suggested to Junior T.E.A.M. coordinator Tracy Muzerall that the movie, "Pay it Forward" should be shown to the entire junior class, and then small acts of kindness could be generated by individual T.E.A.M. groups. After watching the film, teacher Peter Alexander's group decided they wanted to do a fundraiser for the family of Melissa Jenkins, especially her son Ty.
The students came up with a plan where the NCUHS community (students, teachers, administration, staff, etc.) would come to the gymnasium during Block 3, wearing a pink shirt if possible (Melissa's favorite color), and put a donation in one of the four sap buckets near the entrance (suggested donation of $1). Teacher Natalie Gaines had her art students paint the sap buckets, as well as make the two large banners held high in the back of the large crowd. Don Whipple took a picture of the gathering from high above, in addition to his previous on-line collaborative contribution of art work, which had raised thousands of dollars.
Teacher Peter Alexander's Block 3 study hall students helped promote the assembly ahead of time by putting up over 75 flyers throughout the school. Principal Bill Rivard and the director of guidance Jessica Lanham, representing the NCUHS school, contributed $500 towards the days total just before the group picture was taken. It is worth noting that advisor Cheryl Currier and the NCUHS senior class had made an earlier donation of $1,000 to the Jenkins fund as well.