The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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March 29, 2014

Superior Intermediate students tape teacher to wall for fundraiser

ASHTABULA — Things got sticky at Superior Intermediate School Friday.

A teacher was taped to the wall in the name of charity.

The teacher who was chosen to be “stuck” was leukemia survivor, Jeffrey Baylor, 44, who is a fifth-grade teacher at Superior.

“I would do it again for a good cause,” he said as students took strip after strip of duct tape and covered his body.

To Baylor, the fundraiser was personal.

When he was in fifth grade, he was diagnosed with leukemia and was treated with chemotherapy and radiation. He was in remission three months later and has stayed cancer-free ever since.

On March 10, Superior Intermediate School’s student council started collecting pennies as part of "Pennies for Patients,” a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. LLS is the world’s largest nonprofit health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient resources.

 The council’s initial goal was $500. Each classroom was given a change collection box and students were asked to bring in spare change. Some students also took boxes to local businesses.

Then the students came up with the idea of selling paper pennies for a dollar, and called that drive, "Stuck for a Buck." The paper pennies are hanging on a wall in the main hallway of the school. The class that bought the most paper pennies was picked to tape a teacher to the wall at a school assembly.

Within two weeks, the students raised $1,500 for LLS.

“The students have worked extremely hard,” said Heather Gardner, who advises the student council, along with Kristen Ewing.

Baylor’s survivor story wasn’t the only one the students heard. Every day during the fundraiser, students read a story about children and teenagers who have been diagnosed with cancer. They also watched videos about them.

Superior sixth-grader Anthony Fusco, who is vice president of student council, said raising the money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was not difficult.

“They need to find a cure,” he said. “We have it better than the (children who have cancer). They need the money more.”

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