TORONTO - The city high school's student senate is raising funds to help bring a smile to children-patients at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital.
All funds raised go toward the purchase of new teddy bears for patients there, according to Maureen Taggart, school principal and district communications coordinator.
"This week is Holiday Spirit Week at the school," said Taggart. "Each day the student senate is collecting donations to purchase new teddy bears for children at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital," said Taggart. "This is the same hospital Noah Long is being treated."
HOSPITAL BOUND — The student senate of Toronto High School is raising funds to purchase teddy bears for children at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. The hospital also is where Noah Long, son of district nurse Katie Long, is receiving treatments for leukemia. Those involved in the project include, from left, Brianna Schramm; Kaylie Zdinak; Holly Eckard; Emily Kosikowski; Hannah Leasure; and Erin Taggart. — Mark J. Miller
Long, who is suffering from leukemia, is the son of district nurse Katie Long, Taggart added.
"At the end of this week the junior and senior classes that have raised the most funds will be treated to a doughnut breakfast," said Taggart, adding the winner will be announced today during a "peach fuzz" volleyball game.
Senior and senate member Emily Kosikowski said the senate decided it was a thoughtful gesture to make during the holidays.
"We talked about it," she said. "Tabitha Merideth, (student senate adviser), talked to us about it. We thought it would be a nice thing to do."
Senior Holly Eckard, class president, agreed.
"We're purchasing the teddy bears because they have to be new," Eckard said. "They have to have stitched eyes rather than buttons because those could be a hazard to the younger children. We also weren't allowed to use gently used teddy bears because they could be a health hazard.
Eckard said the senate had Noah Long in mind when considering the project, but that wasn't the only reason for them to proceed.
"I think we wanted to do something that tied in with (Long being a patient there), but we also wanted to do something for the children there as a whole," she continued. "We didn't want to single Noah out."
An added incentive was that math teacher Rick Hlivko had promised to do something unusual if the senate raises more than $500 during the fundraiser.
"He told us he would dye his mustache half green and half red if we raised more than $500," said student senate member Erin Taggart.