Jenkins H.S. Unites to Raise Funds and Support One of their Own

Rachel Winbush and Domanek Blake sign the poster for Mrs. Era Hall and Family
Rachel Winbush and Domanek Blake sign the poster for Mrs. Era Hall and Family

United for a common goal was the theme Jenkins High School students chose to represent a school wide fundraising effort for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is a nonprofit organization that strives to provide quality medical care for children with serious health conditions.

Two of Jenkins’ very own teachers had the chance to witness miracles of their own performed by “Children’s”.

Mrs. Michelle Thompson and Mrs. Era Hall spearheaded the fundraiser with the thought of their own families in mind. The exceptional care and premier equipment made “Children’s” the only option for care for their small loved ones.

Mrs. Era Hall was a prime advocate because her son Will was diagnosed with a failing kidney at the age of six. Will had to undergo a kidney transplant and other medical treatments.

This message and the heartwarming stories of per- sonal testimonies made all students want to get involved. The school’s broadcast team reported on the issue and made sure that all students were aware of the worthy cause.

Mrs. Era Hall made sure to note that, “The doctors are wonderful and really go out of their way for patients”. After weeks of fundraising, and student participation the group raised hundreds of dollars for the organization.

A month later, tragedy struck when the student population was informed of the death of Will, Mrs. Hall’s 14 year old son. It raised many questions from students who had just raised so much money for such a worthy cause.

Once again, the students united in support of Mrs. Hall in her time of grief. An enormous poster now hangs in lieu of this hard time, urging students to offer words of encouragement and strength for the family.

In the midst of trouble there is always something to smile about. With an entire school behind you and a support system that no one can break a smile can now appear on a saddened face. A school that works together…..stays together!

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