WINTERSVILLE - Students have planned a number of school fundraising activities in the coming weeks at Indian Creek High School to support Justin Cummings, the 15-year-old student involved in the Jan. 15 accidents on state Route 151 near Smithfield.
"Everybody just wants to help and it's amazing. I think it's so healthy for the kids to be raising money and putting on these activities for him. I'm blown away," said Julie Robinson, Indian Creek High School Key Club adviser.
Cummings suffers lower body paralysis after being fully ejected from a vehicle when it lost control and slid into a guardrail, according to reports. He was one of six students involved in two accidents that morning. Cummings and Johnathon M. Haught, 16, the driver of one vehicle, were transported by STAT MedEvac to UPMC Hospital in Pittsburgh. Haught was treated and released.
RAISING?FUNDS – Indian Creek High School Key Club members Alicia Castner, left, and Jenna Tate accepted donations for the Justin Cummings Fund Tuesday night at the boys basketball game against Union Local. Cummings was injured in an accident on state Route 151 near Smithfield on Jan. 15. A number of activities are planned in the coming weeks, including a benefit day that will include a three-on-three basketball tournament and silent auction. Registration for the event is $10 and all proceeds, as well as from other events, go to Cummings and his family.
Robinson said the high school already has concluded some of its activities, including a bake sale that raised $411, a $20 spray tan event at Time 4 Beauty in Wintersville, and the Wintersville Burger King Nights for Cummings on Monday and Wednesday, where 20 percent of every order went to the Justin Cummings Benefit Fund.
Planned events in the coming weeks include a 50/50 drawing that will take place tonight at the boy's basketball game set for 6 p.m. against Harrison Central, with tickets are available until the time of the drawing.
Another event is a pasta dinner and drawing set from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Steubenville High School in the commons area. The event is sponsored by the Steubenville High School Key Club and Steubenville City Schools faculty and staff. A donation of $5 is suggested and that includes salad, pasta, a drink and dessert.
Other events include $20 hair cuts at Endless Summer in Wintersville on Sunday; A "Breakfast is Key" breakfast on Feb. 9-10 at the high school; Giannamore's Pizza night on Feb. 11; and a prayer service on Feb. 12 in the Creek high school gym. In addition, bracelets, T-shirts and car decals are available for a small fee, and DeFelice pepperoni rolls are available to order until Jan. 31.
"These kids are my family," said Robinson. "Justin is such a nice, laid back and polite guy and we are doing everything we can for him and his family."
The big event will be the Justin Cummings Benefit Day planned from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 4 at ICHS, said Robinson.
The event will include a three-on-three basketball tournament, a food stand, a silent auction from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and other various sales. The basketball tournament will be split into adults and grades kindergarten through eighth. The team registration is $10.
"When we came up with the activities for Feb. 4 we made a list of ideas and the Key Club voted on it. Someone said we needed to do something fun and make some money," said Robinson.
All proceeds from the events go to Justin Cummings and his family.
(Kins can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.)