Austin students' small change brings big dividends to McCloud The students of Austin Elementary couldn't quite believe their eyes last week when they entered the school gymnasium and found the floor covered with the coins and dollar bills they brought to assist Molly McCloud with medical expenses. The students of Austin School showed what the Character Counts� pillar of �Caring� is all about this past week. The kindergarten, first, and second grade students were given the challenge of covering the entire gym floor at Austin School with pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars.
The goal of covering the whole gym floor with money wasn�t achieved, but the goal of helping out noon duty aide Molly McCloud certainly was.
Molly, a junior at USD majoring in recreational therapy, is an aide at Austin School during the students� lunch hour.
Molly has been afflicted with Hodgkins Lymphoma. After completing a round of chemotherapy last spring, the cancer went into remission for period of time, only to resurface this fall.
Molly began a round of radiation treatments this month at the Siouxland Regional Cancer Center in Sioux City, IA. On Dec. 16, the students of Austin School presented her with a check for $1,408.17.
Molly�s gift from the students of Austin School, during the Character Counts� Caring kick off, will help pay some of her medical bills and make the holiday season a little brighter.
The Parent Teacher Association of Vermillion also did a fundraiser for Molly. They sold loaves of Butter Braid bread distributed by the Dutchland Frozen Foods company of Algona, IA.
The PTA raised an additional $756.25 to help Molly.