St. Louis 7th grader leads meaningful fundraiser for veterans

Lucas Rammacher got his school, Premier Charter School, to raise money for HOPE recovery Center (Credit: Lucas Rammacher)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A local student got his whole school, Premier Charter School, to step up and help veterans in honor of his grandfather.

Tucked in 7th grader Lucas Rammacher’s school locker is a picture of his grandpa.

“He lived in Florida and was in the Air Force,” said Lucas. “And he got ALS and it was very sad seeing him like that because he was like a really strong man, like he would go out and work on his farm all day and then it was really sad seeing him like that because he couldn’t do anything.”

After his grandpa passed away, Lucas was determined to honor his life.

“He died of ALS so I did a fundraiser to help ALS research,” said Lucas.

This year, Lucas was focused on honoring his grandfather’s service.

“They fought for this country and I think that we should help them,” said Lucas of military veterans.

The school supported Lucas’ initiative to sell $1 dress down day passes to students. He reached his goal of $800.

“Oh my gosh, I was really overcome with emotion,” said Shaleen Robertson, St. Louis VA Homeless Programs Manager. “We have a really supportive veteran community here. Our community really does wrap around the VA and show support but this was probably one of the first times we had a student take initiative to collect money for such a meaningful cause.”

All the money Lucas and his classmates collected was donated to the HOPE Recovery Center, which is part of the St. Louis VA that helps homeless and unemployed veterans.

“One of the things we come up short in once we get them housing is getting them all those things that help make a house a home. Curtains, blankets, pots and pans, the things we all take for granted, are the things we don’t have funding for so these kinds of donations help veterans in those situations,” said Robertson.

Now, Lucas has a challenge for the rest of us.

“Don’t think of what veterans can do for you but what you can do for them,” he said.

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