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News 4 Schools: Nipher Middle raising money for fellow student

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KIRKWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The Power of One class at Nipher Middle School in Kirkwood is all about changing the world. 

“One person can send off ripples and those ripples we send off can reach other people,” said eighth grader Haley Guessford.

The teacher, Florence Borman, created the class last year.

“It’s just something I think is important for kids to learn empathy and how to care for one another,” Borman said.

Mrs. Borman is teaching that lesson by helping students understand firsthand what it takes to help people. This year, with help from the entire school, the class is raising money for a fellow student, Spencer Vincent. Vincent received a liver transplant in January.

“He is an amazing kid,” Borman said. “His biggest worry was the donor and their family, and what they would have to go through.”

The students are planning a trivia night in April to raise money for medical bills. They are also writing letters to local businesses, and they made t-shirts to support their classmate.

“It just makes me feel warm inside and to know that Spencer is doing okay and that we are all helping him,” said classmate Rylee Mulvaney.

Mulvaney and her siblings made a lemonade stand and raised more than $100 for the Vincent family.

All donations go to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, or COTA. There is no cost to the transplant families, and 100 percent of the funds raised are used for transplant-related expenses.

Vincent’s family members tell News 4 they “hope that it makes more people aware of organ donation and how it saves lives like Spencer’s.”

For more information on Spencer Vincent, and to learn how you can help, go to the COTA website: www.cotaforteamspencerv.com.

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