NDDHS students ‘danced in’ over $500 to help Chesterville resident Patricia Cumming

Seen in above photo: Dance attendees Elly Lefebvre, Chloee Young, Paige Holmes, and Madi Giles, enjoy a 'spooky' sweet treat while supporting a great cause. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

Kelsey Smith
Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — The Grade 7s and 8s of North Dundas District High School (NDDHS) danced their way to helping a local-area resident and former NDDHS student.

Chesterville native, Patricia Cumming, was born with an incurable disorder called Neurofibromatosis and also has an uncontrolled form of epilepsy.

She has been restricted to a wheelchair.

WEB leaders is a group of Grade 8 students who help mentor Grade 7 students. Each year the group choose both a local and global cause to sponsor.

They start by brainstorming options and then vote as a team on which cause they want to help. This year, the WEB leaders chose Cumming as their local initiative.

The group decided to host a Halloween dance for the intermediate students as a means of raising money to buy a motorized wheelchair and a wheelchair accessible van for Cumming.

“We are just trying to make her life as comfortable as possible,” said WEB Leader coordinator Daphne Weyermars.

Weyermars commended the WEB Leaders and co-coordinator Ashley Middleton for their efforts so far.

“The WEB Leaders are awesome!” she exclaimed.

“They created a special PowerPoint Presentation to help educate students” about Cummings’ struggles and how by attending the dance they could help make her life easier.

The group also held a bake sale during the dance, having baked all the treats themselves.

She is very honoured to be working with such a great team of students and staff on this amazing project.

We did meet our goal of $500.00 with donations and canteen sales which is awesome!” Weyermars added.

Use your finger or mouse to scroll through the PowerPoint Presentation — created by the NDDHS WEB leaders — for more information on Patricia and her journey through life.

More images below of students enjoying the Halloween dance:

NDDHS is very fortunate to have their very own DJ, Chayce Hyndman, who claims she does it “just for fun!” Smith photo, Nation Valley News

Smith photo, Nation Valley News

Smith photo, Nation Valley News

Smith photo, Nation Valley News

Smith photo, Nation Valley News

Smith photo, Nation Valley News

Smith photo, Nation Valley News


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