Students Skip Senior Trip, Donate Money to Principal Battling Cancer

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With the school year wrapping up, senior students look forward to those final events to celebrate with their classmates – like prom, their senior trip, and other fun planned gatherings to finish out their school career.

One school's seniors decided to pass on their trip, however, finding a more important use for the money – helping out their principal, who had been diagnosed recently with cancer.

The senior class of Profile Junior-Senior High School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire donated the funds to school principal Courtney Vashaw, telling her in a news story for WMUR: "We decided to not go on our class trip this year, and donate all of our funds to your cause."

She responded, "It is very hard for me to accept help and I have no idea what to say."

The class was set to visit Rydin' Hi Ranch in Lake George, New York for four days, but unanimously decided to donate the $8,000 they raised for the trip to their principal's medical expenses. Student Ian Baker told WMUR, "She's just very caring, very selfless and we wanted to be selfless, too."

Senior class president Christopher Sirois noted that the generous act was an easy decision: "Every one of us has a connection with her, and she has given so much to us that we just wanted to give back."

The seniors will still plan a trip, just something a little closer to home and smaller in scale. They also plan to continue raising money for their principal's treatment.

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