When you grow up in a sparsely populated area of northeast Kansas, you learn the importance of helping others in times of need. The 16 seniors in the Axtell High School Class of 2017 took that lesson to heart earlier this year after fires devastated a large area of southwest Kansas.
Rather than use the $2,200 they’d raised for an end-of-the-year trip to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Mo., the seniors donated the money to fire victims in Ashland, a small town in Clark County.
“We saw the devastation on the news and Facebook and wanted to do something to help,” said Maddy Kuckelman, 2017 senior class president. “We gave all the money that our class account had, which was $2,200..”
Twelve of the 16 seniors made the nearly five-hour trip to Ashland to deliver the money to the fire victims.
But the story doesn’t end there.
“After the story of our deed hit the news,” Kuckelman said, “we received several generous offers throughout the state from people who wanted to give us a senior trip to Worlds of Fun. The generosity that we received after our initial donation to Ashland allowed us to not only go on a senior trip, but we received enough that we were able to invite the Ashland senior class to go to Worlds of Fun with us.
“The impact of our donation was greater than we ever thought possible, and I think I speak for my entire class when I say it is something we’ll remember forever.”