Class forgoes trip to give principal money to treat cancer

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Posted: May 27, 2015 9:05 AM

BETHLEHEM, N.H. (AP) — The graduating class at a New Hampshire high school is giving the money raised for its class trip to the school's principal, who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Courtney Vashaw, principal at Profile Junior-Senior High School in Bethlehem, tells WMUR (http://bit.ly/1AxxU4u) her school works hard teaching students compassion and caring for others, but she never thought that would directly affect her.

"It is very hard for me to accept help, and I have no idea what to say to you," Vashaw told the students.

The class had planned to spend four days at a ranch in upstate New York until Vashaw told them she had been diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer.

The class unanimously voted to give her nearly $8,000 for medical care that they had saved.

"Every one of us has a connection with her, and she has given so much to us that we just wanted to give back," said Christopher Sirois, the senior class president.

The seniors will still have a trip, but it will be local and they are planning more fundraisers for Vashaw.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com