Springhill Elementary School first-grader Ethan Wellerstein came up with a novel way to help another student.
Ethanâ€™s idea was to conduct a virtual yard sale on his familyâ€™s Web site to benefit the schoolâ€™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 Dreysonâ€™s principal at Springhill, Bruce Wodhams.
The check will be presented to Dreysonâ€™s family on Tuesday morning at the school.
Thatâ€™s fitting because the faculty, staff and student body â€“â€“ or, rather, the Springhill Scorpions â€“â€“ have warmly embraced Dreyson.
â€śBecause Scorpions stick together!â€ť Ethan says on his familyâ€™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.