Principal’s Cancer Treatment Donated by High School Class



High school seniors at Profile School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire gave up the money they have raised for their class trip for their school principal who has been stricken by cancer.

Courtney Vashaw, principal of Profile Junior-Senior High School, said that they teach their students at their school the values of compassion and caring for others. However, she has never that what she has been teaching will be directed back at her.

After Vashaw told her students that she wouldn’t be at school for some time because she had been diagnosed with a rare aggressive form of cancer, her students unanimously voted to cancel their planned trip.

The class had been raising money for four years and planned to spend four days in New York. Their savings reached $8,000 and they donated all the money to help pay Vashaw’s medical care.

The principal was in tears when she told her students, “It is very hard for me to accept help, and I have no idea what to say to you.”


But the students have already planned on a local trip instead to give back something to their school’s principal. They also planned to hold more fundraisers for Vashaw.

“She’s just very caring, very selfless, and we wanted to be selfless, too,” Ian Baker, the class treasure said.

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