After four years of hard work, the senior class of Profile High School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, was ready to go on a class trip. But about a week before their adventure, school Principal Courtney Vashaw told her students that she had been diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer. The students took a vote, and the result was unanimous: they donated the $8,000 they had raised for the trip to help their principal.
The students had been planning to head to Rydin-Hy Ranch Resort in the Adirondacks with the money. But as class treasurer Ian Baker explained to WMUR News, "[Our principal]'s just very caring, very selfless, and we wanted to be selfless, too."
In this video, Baker informs Vashaw about the group's decision, telling her, "We decided not to go on our senior class trip this year and donate all of our funds to your cause." Vashaw is clearly overcome with emotion, shaking her head and covering her eyes.
If you've got a box of tissues handy, you can check out the video of the moment:
“Every one of us has a connection with her, and she has given so much to us that we just wanted to give back,” said Christopher Sirois, the senior class president.
Once Vashaw regained her composure, she told reporters that the school staff worked hard to teach the students about caring for others and being compassionate, but she never expected this kind of outcome. Vashaw called the seniors a "pretty remarkable, fun, astonishing group of people."
The seniors still plan to put together a class trip, but it will be a local day-trip rather than a long weekend. They also planned to stick by their principal — even after graduation. The class has already committed to doing more fundraisers for Vashaw as she begins medical treatment.
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