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McKinley Students Raise more than $1,600 for Emily Waseman Foundation

Emily Waseman Donation

April 19, 2022

Just before spring break, Sebring McKinley Jr./Sr. High School students presented the Emily Waseman Foundation with a donation of $1,668.77.

The students organized and participated in several fundraisers over the past several weeks including the annual Penny Wars, basket raffles, t-shirt sales, and spirited hair coloring.

The donation was presented to Emily’s parents during the building’s students vs. staff dodgeball game before spring break. “Thank you for always remembering Emily,” said Emily’s mother, Stefani Waseman, after the students presented the donation.

Students donated change (and cash) to the Penny Wars, with each grade competing together against the other classes in the building. Pennies provided positive points for their grade, and silver coins/bills were used against rivaling classes to reduce another grade’s score. The ninth grade students came out on top, taking over the coveted class shield for this win.

T-shirt sales paying tribute to Emily, who would have been a sophomore this year, also contributed to the fundraising efforts. Six students presented enough donations to get their hair colored pink or purple on Wednesday morning.

Leading up to spring break, students, staff, and community members also participated in basket raffles, with the grand prize basket raffled off during the student vs. staff dodgeball game on Wednesday.

Emily Waseman Fundraising

Sebring McKinley students presented a donation of $1,668.77 to Emily Waseman’s parents during halftime of the students vs. staff dodgeball game.

Emily Waseman Fundraising



Mrs. Nicole Mathias colors a student’s hair pink for the day as part of the Sebring McKinley fundraising efforts for the Emily Waseman Foundation.

Emily Waseman Fundraising


Seniors took on staff and Sebring police department in the Seniors vs. Staff dodgeball game before spring break.

Emily Waseman Fundraising


Students and staff supported the cause (and dressed in the spirit) with bright pink shirts that raised funds for the foundation. The shirts said ‘togEther meMories lIve. Love alwaYs, Sebring,’ honoring Emily’s memory and her spirit.

Penny Wars 2022


McKinley students during Penny Wars.

Penny Wars 2022



McKinley Jr./Sr. High School students strategically placed their coins to help their class gain the most points during Penny Wars. Pennies were positive, and placed in their own class. Silver coins and dollar bills were placed in competing classes to count against their rival classes.

Penny Wars 2022


McKinley students count coins during the Penny Wars.




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