The graduating class of Profile Junior-Senior High School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, is skipping its senior trip to upstate New York for a really touching reason.
After four years of hard work and saving money, the students raised nearly $8,000 for their traditional class trip. But just a few days before they were to leave, the Profile students decided to donate their entire fund to help their principal Courtney Vashaw with her cancer treatment.
Their decision came a week after Vashaw was diagnosed with an aggressive and rare form of soft-tissue cancer. The 41 seniors voted and unanimously agreed to give their trip funds over to Vashaw’s medical care.
They asked the principal to meet them for a senior class meeting and surprised her with the incredible news, bringing the woman to tears.
"We decided to not go on our class trip this year, and donate all of our funds to your cause,” senior Ian Baker told the principal after she made an attempt to refuse the money. He added that her caring and selfless nature inspired them to be selfless in return.
“It is very hard for me to accept help,” Vashaw told her students, “and I have no idea what to say.”
She said her school works hard to teach students about compassion and caring for others, but she never thought it would directly affect her.
Originally, the class was scheduled to visit Rydin' Hi Ranch in Lake George, New York, where they would have spent four days; however, now they will take a shorter, local class trip instead.
Check out video posted below to watch the extremely heartfelt moment.
The students plan to organize more fundraisers for their beloved principal in the near future.