For months during lunch period, students sold “Save One, Save Gray” shirts and bracelets to help spread awareness.
The week before Valentine's Day, students brought in coins and dollar bills for the annual round of Penny Wars, a long tradition of pitting each grade against one another to raise money. Pennies earn that grade positive points, and silver coins and dollar bills earn them negative points.
At the end of the week, Student Council put on the King and Queen of Hearts assembly to showcase school talent. The two grades that received the most points from Penny Wars, proceeded to attend the assembly on Feb. 14. Students performed musical acts, dance routines and stand-up comedy.
At the end of the assembly, the Everaard family was presented with a check for $4,000. Students plan to continue raising money for the rest of the school year.
“It is an amazing feeling to know the entire school is stepping up to make a difference,” said Alecia Day, the student council sponsor. “We have made such a difference in this family's life. I never expected for the school's (students) to open up their hearts — and wallets — for this young boy in such a large manner.
“We fully exceeded my expectations. I wish we could help so many others, but I feel good that we were able to make an impact in the lives of the Everaards.”
To learn more about the Everaard family and to follow Grayson along his journey, go to www.pray4gray.com.