Graduating class gives senior trip money to principal battling cancer

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BETHLEHEM, N.H. — A graduating class at a New Hampshire high school gave the money they raised for their senior trip to their principal who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

After four years of hard work raising money for the trip, the class instead decided to give Principal Courtney Vashaw nearly $8,000 for medical care, according to WMUR.

“We decided to not go on our senior class trip this year and donate all of our funds to [her] cause,” said senior Ian Baker.

The gift comes less than a week after Vashaw told them she was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer.

Vashaw said the school works hard to teach students about caring for others, but said she never thought that lesson would directly affect her.

“They are [a] pretty remarkable, fun, astonishing group of people,” said Vashaw.

The students said there will be more fundraisers to come for their principal.

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