Springhill Elementary School first-grader Ethan Wellerstein came up with a novel way to help another student.
Ethan’s idea was to conduct a virtual yard sale on his family’s Web site to benefit the school’s Dreyson LeDoux Recovery Fund, named for a brave Springhill fifth-grader who is recovering from a hunting accident.
Dreyson lost an eye in the accident, but he has a very advanced prosthetic, has begun home schooling and will gradually return to Springhill.
The virtual auction was a success: The goal was $105, and the sale raised more than $300, according to Dreyson’s principal at Springhill, Bruce Wodhams.
The check will be presented to Dreyson’s family on Tuesday morning at the school.
That’s fitting because the faculty, staff and student body –– or, rather, the Springhill Scorpions –– have warmly embraced Dreyson.
“Because Scorpions stick together!” Ethan says on his family’s Web site.
Students have found other ways to help Dreyson and his family. They wrote letters to him after he was hospitalized. Then in December, two of his fellow fifth-graders organized Dreyson LeDoux Day, an athletic contest in which students paid fees to compete in various events. Dreyson himself attended and participated. That also was a success.