A group of Sargent Elementary School students sold waffles and brownies Friday at Reynolds Park, and the effort raised a total of $273.20.
Tommy Cox was injured in a boating accident recently, and has lost one of his legs. Friends and family have launched a campign to support Tommy and his family as he recovers.
The idea came from a similar brownies fundraiser Sargent students Sonia Marnoto and Ella Slayton held last year for the Jimmy Fund. After their classmate's injury, they decided to do another fundraiser to support him.
"So many people have done amazing things to help Tommy and his family, so Sonia and Ella wanted to do their part," Sheri Marnoto wrote in announcing the fundraiser. "Children, parents, and teachers were eager to help out in any way they could."
So teachers promoted the event in class, an moms volunteered by making brownies.
And, Marnoto reports, the event was a huge success, with a line forming through the park.
"At the end of the day, some of the kids realized that they have never met Tommy Cox," Marnoto wrote. "They know he is a fellow student at Sargent, and a kid just like them. His accident has touched each and every one of the kdis, and they wanted to help. They can’t wait for his return to Sargent, so they can finally meet him."
"Thank you, Tommy, for bringing out the good in so many people," Marnoto continued. "Everyone loves you, and believes in you, and can’t wait to see you back at The Sargent School. The kids raised $273.20 for Tommy and his family on Friday, and hope that the next time they have a waffle stand, he is the first in line!"