Superheroes raise funds for student

Published 10:03 am Wednesday, April 26, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/Senior Staff Writer

Isabella High School students became superheroes for a day to help one of their own.

The high school Student Leadership Team organized Superhero Day for students to wear something related to their favorite superhero, while raising funds for a student with special needs who had been in the hospital for the past few months. IHS raised a total of $350 for the family.

Students paid $1 to participate in Superhero Day. Keely Meredith said students could wear a superhero costume, a superhero-themed shirt or hat.

Taylor Ray said some students donated to the fund, even though they did not dress up.

The student was released from the hospital last week.

Student Leadership Team members said they were pleased with the results of the fundraiser.

“He usually attends Special Olympics and he likes to do that, but he can’t this year, so we got him a T-shirt,” Noelle Fjeldstad said. “He likes superheroes so we decided to do this.”

Ray said it felt good “that we helped somebody in our community.”

“He is going to be excited,” Fjeldstad said.

The school did not release the beneficiary student’s name for confidentiality reasons.

In addition to the Special Olympics shirt, the students will be giving him a Batman figurine and a Superman figurine.

The school hopes to deliver the gifts and the money within the next week.

The students had initially wanted to dress up as superheroes and visit the student while he was in at the children’s hospital. Amairani Hernandez said the students found out this was not going to be possible because of the hospital’s policy against costumes, so they decided on the superhero day at school.

The family knew the school was having a Superhero Day, but the fundraiser will be a surprise, according to assistant principal Sue Ellen Gilliland.

The IHS Student Leadership team was started earlier in the school year. Students were selected based on an interview process.