Camping out for a cause


By Stacey Tucker
Staff Writer
KINGSTON — Students of Kingston schools came together to support the daughter of one of their own teachers — and to see their principals spend the night on the roof.
Superintendent Mike McLaughlin and principals Jay Green and Lane Walker took to the roof Thursday evening after the students in both the Jr./Sr. High and Elementary Schools raised $1,500 for Lauren Hood.
Hood is suffering from Hurlers Syndrome and in need of a bone marrow transplant. Hood is the daughter of Kingston Elementary teacher Colleen Hood.
“The kids really took ownership of Lauren,” said second grade teacher Julie Ruggles. “They knew it was Mrs. Hood’s daughter, but they have really taken ownership of her.”
The money was raised with penny wars between the schools for the past three weeks, as well as a spaghetti dinner. During the dinner Love for Lauren merchandise was also sold.
Ruggles said many of the students bought Love for Lauren pins and have worked very hard to raise money to help Lauren’s parents, Shane and Colleen, so they could be with their daughter in Minnesota as she starts chemotherapy on Monday.
Part of the deal for raising over $1,000 for Lauren was that McLaughlin, Green and Walker would have camp out on the roof of the elementary school overnight.
“We thought it would be fun for them to see their administrators on the roof,” Walker said. “The kids were great.
“It was just so nice to see the kids get excited to help Shane and Colleen.”
Stacey Tucker is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at [email protected]

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