By Ashley Rader
“That is what West Side does …”
West Side Elementary School students, parents and faculty turned a field day first into a $2,350 donation for a student undergoing cancer treatments.
The sale of concessions at Wednesday’s field day raised money to help the family of first-grade student Adrienne Hughes, recently diagnosed with lymphocytic leukemia. She is currently in Memphis getting treatments at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
All the money raised by concession sales was donated to the Hughes family to help with treatment costs and for changes that are needed to the family’s home so they can bring Adrienne home.
Jerri Hughes, Adrienne’s mother, found out about the size of the donation through a phone call from Adrienne’s older brother, Adam, a West Side second-grader.
She said she was left speechless by the school’s offer to help the family with costs associated with Adrienne’s treatment.
“I wasn’t surprised that they offered, because that is what West Side does,” Hughes said when she spoke to the STAR by telephone from Memphis. “They are a community school and they care about the students. It was more than we hoped for.
“I am sitting here with tears running down my face.”