A small group of students at Lexington High School will make a big difference by saving lives through their efforts for the 2013 American Cancer Society Daffodil Days of Dawson County fundraising campaign.
The Community Based Instruction Special Education Life Skills class has joined forces with other volunteers across the county to sell daffodil bouquets which will arrive in time for Daffodil Sunday on March 10. Their efforts will support the American Cancer Society's mission to help people stay well, get well, find cures and fight back against cancer.
Teacher Riley Gruntorad enthusiastically encouraged his eight students to volunteer for Daffodil Days after learning about it from Judy Biehl, who also teaches at LHS and has inspired Gruntorad with her own experiences in the classroom.
"One of the most important things I try to instill in my students is community service," Gruntorad said. "We have been involved in many school projects along with helping out our community whenever we can. This is another opportunity to help support our community and it's a great cause."
Gruntorad has been teaching at LHS for three years. He developed the Life Skills program "from scratch" and is extremely proud of his students for giving their best and making the program what it is today. He and two para-educators, Luz Mendez and Gina Knox, teach community involvement and life skills to students ranging in age from 16 to 21.
"Raising money for Daffodil Days is another way for my students to be active in this area and strive to become better learners and people in our community. When students leave this classroom and go on to the next steps in their lives, I want to make sure they are prepared in every way possible," Gruntorad said. "As their teacher, I am trying to create capable lifelong learners. I strive to embrace that in our community and have my students exposed to the community so I know our great city of Lexington will welcome, admire, become friend with or even hire people with special needs."
Contact Gruntorad at Lexington High School, 308-324-4691, to order daffodils from the class. Available items include a bouquet of daffodils for $10; a Sunshine Bouquet with an American Cancer Society vase for $15; or a special Boyds™ Bear named Ray O. Hope, designed exclusively for the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days Bear and a Bunch™ that can be ordered for a donation of $25 and will include a bouquet.
The deadline for ordering is February 15. Daffodils will be delivered March 8 just in time to spread their golden sunshine on Daffodil Sunday, March 10.