Students at Stephens County High School are coming together to help one of their own.
Last month, a 9th grader, Caitlin, was diagnosed with a sizable tumor in her brain that required immediate surgery.
The surgery has taken place and doctors were able to remove 95 percent of what was determined to be a benign tumor.
Caitlin has been a very active participant in the 21st Century After-School program at the high school.
Stephens County High School 21st Century Program Site Director Cheryl Tierney said once students found out, they jumped into action.
“The Interact Club really got involved almost immediately and wanted to do something,” said Tierney. “They came and talked to me and asked if I thought it was a good idea to do a fundraiser, that they wanted to create a bracelet that we have named the “Bracelet of Hope” for Caitlin.”
Interact Club Member Jordan Chambers and Club President Emma Frazier said the club wanted to do something to help the family and the bracelets were something the club did recently for the “Stuff the Bus” 5k, so the club knew how to get them.
The bracelets are red and blue and cost $2 each, with all proceeds going to the Norris family fund to help the family at North Georgia Credit Union.
They can be purchased at the Stephens County High School main office, at Our Kids Pediatrics, or by e-mailing the club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tierney said the 21st Century students also got involved with helping Caitlin.
“They got together and they created a blanket for her in her favorite colors,” said Tierney. “Each of the students in the after-school program tied the knots to help put that blanket together.”
She and Interact Club Advisor Derek Demmler said that they could not be more proud of the students and how they have come together.
Tierney said the family also appreciates all of the support.
“Her mom is quite surprised that people have taken notice of this and is very appreciative,” said Tierney.
Also, a list of needs and wants for the family as well as more information about the bracelets can be found at the Stephens County High School website, schs.stephens.k12.ga.us.