Suring School shows support for sixth-grader

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The Suring School District students, faculty and staff were shocked to hear on April 28 that one of their own, sixth-grader Caden McClure, had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

The school community wanted to help. In May, several fundraising events were planned to help the McClure family.

A schoolwide penny war held from May 10-13 raised $1,914.97. Terry Garrigan’s fourth-grade class took top honors in the elementary school. Caden’s sixth-grade class won the junior high battle, and the freshmen class won the high school contest.

On May 20, students and staff wore Caden Strong shirts or dressed in black, orange and yellow to show support for him. A schoolwide video was made for Caden, and students and staff paid $1 for the opportunity to wear a hat at school. Another $83 was raised.

Cuts for Caden and a bake sale were held on May 25. Students had their heads shaved, and high school groups and organizations donated money to see teachers Joe Lojpersberger, Mitch Szwet and Shaun Wagner have their heads shaved.

Donating money were the Class of 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016, National Honor Society, music, German Club, volleyball, forensics, FFA, S-Club, FBLA, boys basketball, high school student council, girls basketball, yearbook, football and environmental club. A total of $2,311.01 was raised.

Sharlene Kresse and Kathy Gauthier donated their time to shave the heads of over 40 students and staff members.

The Suring School District raised $4,308.98 to help Caden and his family with his fight to beat leukemia.