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Brownsboro JHS teacher, students raise money for St. Jude

BROWNSBORO, May 15, 2014— The vision of a Brownsboro Junior High teacher and the hard work of her students has resulted in a sizeable donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Brownsboro Junior High teacher Melissa Barrett says St. Jude has always had a special place in her heart. Feeling like she should do something to raise money to send to the hospital, she got her students involved. The 7th and 8th grade students far surpassed Barrett’s original idea and goal.

“I asked one of my best-friend teachers if she thought that we could raise $1,000 to send to St. Jude, and she said ‘Well, sure we can.’,” said Barrett. “We got everything coordinated, and it just took off.”

Through donations, lollipop sales, a give-back night sponsored by a local restaurant, and the 1st annual Colors for a Cure 5K Color Run, the group raised a total of $8,080.

“The goal of St. Jude is for no family to ever have to pay a bill. We have the satisfaction of knowing that we sent $8,000 to help one family or multiple families get one extra treatment, get one extra day, or one extra meal,” Barrett said.

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Barrett about the donation and the students’ involvement. Click below for more.

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