Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners CTC FCCLA / Culinary Arts class holds Cancer Awareness Drive Amen receives Distinguished Service Award ‘Tis the season for family-past, present, and future MHS Computer Class aces MOS Exam WUES recognizes November Bus Riders of the Month NAHS Beta Club sponsors canned food drive Peebles Elementary announces November Students of the Month Crisis text line reaches out during the holidays Paul Wesley Ailshire

Coins for Keller

A rally at West Union Elementary on Friday, Feb. 12, was the culmination of a two week long “Coins for Keller” Drive sponsored by the school’s staff, volunteers, and student body.

Three-year old Keller Beech-Wilson, the son of Jennifer Beech and Kyle Wilson of Peebles, was diagnosed with A.L.L. Leukemia in early January. His mother is a fourth grade teacher at WUES.

“When we learned about Keller’s situation we all felt the need to do something for him and his family,” said WUES Assistant Principal Emily Collett “We searched the internet for ideas and decided to hold the coin drive.”

During the fund raiser, students brought coins to school each day: pennies on Monday, nickels on Tuesday, dimes on Wednesday, and so on.

Students were also encouraged to participate in Dress-Up days. “Every day the students and staff have dressed up for the second week of our Coins for Keller challenge. Today, they’re dressed like their favorite super heroes, one other day everyone wore orange, unfortunately, we had a couple of snow days that interfered with our dress up plans,” said teacher Emily Young.

Assistant Principal Karl Boerger praised the students’ efforts, “I’m extremely proud of these young kids, they’ve given all they have to a cause that’s greater than themselves, and that shows grit in these students.”

To encourage students to become involved in the fundraiser, Boerger promised he would shave his head if they raised $2,000. School custodian, Mr. Day, promised he’d do the same for $1,000. Not to be outdone, teacher Emily Young, School Counselor Heidi McAdow, and School Psychologist Alissa Collins all promised to take a pie in the face if the fundraiser brought in $3,000.

“Jennifer Beech is a teacher here at our school,” said Ms. Collett. ”When Keller was first diagnosed with leukemia we were all very concerned. We pulled together as a community to help, and it has been our honor to raise these funds and get our student body involved with helping the family out and raising awareness about the disease.”

The drive raised $3,366. Keller’s grandmother, Jeanmarie Decker, accepted the check on Keller’s behalf. She spoke to the assembly of students, “It’s an amazing thing to me that all of you have given so much out of love. Every penny you’ve given represents love, and love is the best medicine for Keller”.

WUES sixth grader Nina McCann shaves Assistant Principal Karl Boerger’s head after students met his $2,000 “Coins for Keller” challenge.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Keller1-1.jpgWUES sixth grader Nina McCann shaves Assistant Principal Karl Boerger’s head after students met his $2,000 “Coins for Keller” challenge. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender

WUES School Psychologist Alissa Collins, Assistant Principal Emily Collett, and School Counselor Heidi McAdow all take a pie in the face after students met their $3,000 “Coins for Keller” challenge.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Keller2-1.jpgWUES School Psychologist Alissa Collins, Assistant Principal Emily Collett, and School Counselor Heidi McAdow all take a pie in the face after students met their $3,000 “Coins for Keller” challenge. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender

WUES Assistant Principal Emily Collett presents the fund raiser check to Keller’s grandmother, Jeanmarie Decker.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Keller3-1.jpgWUES Assistant Principal Emily Collett presents the fund raiser check to Keller’s grandmother, Jeanmarie Decker. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender
WUES student body meets fundraiser challenge

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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