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Sebring McKinley Student ‘Family’ Rallies to Support Local Family After House Fire

Sebring McKinley Fundraiser


In just a matter of a week, Sebring McKinley students raised more than $2,000 for a district family after the family lost their home in a devastating fire in early January.

After the news of the fire, the students sprang into action, quickly creating plans for several fundraisers to provide support for the Keester family. In just two days, students surpassed their initial goal of $800 and raised the bar to $1,500.

From half court shots at the basketball games to penny wars in the school halls, students and their families brought contributions to the cause. Teachers took to the kitchen, producing sweet treats - including brownies from Principal Clark’s wife that were in high demand in the school’s bake sale. Students contributed to Dollar Days, paying to wear hats, pajamas, or other themed items throughout the week. 

At an assembly Friday morning, Sebring sophomore Bella Threet shared the student initiatives and thanked the supportive staff before presenting the students’ grand total raised: $2,019.65!

As a reward, two students were selected to ‘pie’ Principal Brian Clark. 

English teacher Nicole Mathias congratulated the students on their tremendous contributions, and summed up the sentiment of the entire student-led project saying “Keester family, just know you are loved.”

Sebring McKinley Fundraiser 2023

Sebring McKinley students implemented a Penny War to support the Keester family.

Sebring McKinley Fundraiser 2023

Sebring McKinley students surpassed their goal of $800 in just two days, and quickly upped their goal to $1,500. The group raised more than $2,000.


Sebring McKinley Fundraiser Assembly 2023

Bella Threet teases the audience with yet another slide before presenting the building’s fundraising total.

Sebring McKinley Fundraiser Assembly 2023

Sebring’s Bella Threet presents the grand total from student fundraising efforts for the Keester family at an assembly on Friday, January 20, 2023. Students planned and implemented fundraisers providing more than $2,000 for the family in less than 2 weeks.

Sebring McKinley Fundraiser Assembly 2023

Sebring 8th grade student Zach Todd got to ‘pie’ Principal Brian Clark in front of the entire McKinley student body at an assembly celebrating the immense support student-led fundraisers provided for a local family after a house fire earlier this month.

Sebring McKinley Fundraiser Assembly 2023

Sebring Senior Blake Kellogg celebrates the building’s fundraising success by ‘pie’ing Sebring McKinley Principal Brian Clark at an assembly Friday, January 20, 2023.

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