TREVORTON — The Line Mountain Kids Give Back Club recently purchased two iPads for a 5-year-old kindergarten student who was diagnosed with leukemia so the boy can attend classes via Skype whenever he can.
Approximately $2,500 has been raised for Alex Schaffner, a pupil in Peggy Long’s class who was diagnosed with standard high acute lymphoblastic leukemia in October, and his family, said Kristy Boyer, the vice-president of the Line Mountain Elementary PTO and the co-chairwoman of the Line Mountain Kids Give Back Club.
"The majority of our kids in Line Mountain are blessed and they have given back," Boyer said. "They really come through for needy families in our area. They have learned a lot through the club and are proud to show what it means to give back."
Alex, the son of Frances and Quintin Schaffner Jr., of Dornsife, is not healthy enough to attend school, so his teacher would stop in during the week to work with him. With the technology, Alex can now attend class if he wants to via the Internet. The money also has gone to transportation costs to and from Alex’s medical appointments and chemotherapy.
Several fundraisers, including a tag day outside the Line Mountain High School Craft Fair where students asked for donations, have already been held for Alex and other needy families in the district. The club recently finished a canned food drive, a Christmas door decorating contest and a pork BBQ sale.
The entirety of the elementary school in Trevorton — all 430 students — are part of the fundraising efforts, Boyer said.
"Our club focus on the students of the school giving back to the community and families in need," she said. "We raise money through a variety of events to give back and we also give back through other ways of service. We believe in teaching our students that it is very important to always help others in need in any capacity you can, no matter how great or small. Our students work hard throughout the school year to give as much as they can."
The other needy families being helped by Line Mountain have not yet given permission to be publicized, Boyer said.
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most common type of cancer in children.
A controlled account at the Gratz Bank has also been set up for Alex. Contributions can be mailed to 4231 State Route 147, Herndon, Pa 17830. Make checks payable to "Alex J Schaffner Fund."
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