POMEROY — Two primary students with medical problems were the inspiration for spring fund raisers at the Meigs Primary School, one called “Pennies for Patients” and the second “It Takes a Heart to Be a Hero.”
The inspiration for the fund raisers came from Michael Ratliff, a second grader who has been taking treatments for leukemia since August 2110, and Brady Collins, a first grader who was born with only half a heart and will require a heart transplant sometime in the future. Both projects were described as being “near to the hearts of both students and staff.”
The first fund raiser with Ratliff as the ambassador was, “Pennies for Patients” for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Meigs Primary along with the help of Meigs Intermediate and The National Honor Society at Meigs High School collected over $4,800 in pennies as part of the drive. Jackie Justice, a secretary at Meigs Primary, handled the fund raiser. The class making the largest donation, Tammy Chapman’s first grade, was rewarded with a pizza party. Ratliff and his family were given a gas card to use during his monthly trips to Columbus for treatment and a gift card for the family to use at Chuck E. Cheese.
The students participated in a Jump Rope for the Heart Foundation with Collins, a hero of their own, serving as ambassador for the jump rope program. After many surgeries, Collins’ heart is stable, but he continues to be monitored by his cardiologist. Danny Thomas and Kolleta Fridley, staff members, handled the jump rope fundraiser.
The school collected over $4,000 in donations, with the largest donation coming from Darla Kennedy’s first grade class, which was given a pizza party provided by Fridley. Collins and Edena Reynolds brought in the largest donations, and the Jump Rope for Heart Foundation presented them with prizes that included an electric Razer scooter. Collins and his family were given a gas card and a monetary donation for his eighth birthday, celebrated on May 2, for a trip to a Cincinnati Reds ball game. Fridley also provided Collins with $50 worth of books about eagles, his favorite bird.