Hill City students raise money for classmate - KOTA Territory News

Hill City students raise money for classmate


Students at one KOTA Territory high school work together to help raise money for a fellow classmate.

Students at Hill City High School held a 'Walking Taco' fundraiser to help support a fellow classmate who was diagnosed with a rare condition.

Students were asking for a donation of five dollars; and invited fellow students, faculty, and the community to enjoy a taco bar style lunch.

Colton McKee, a student at Hill City High School says the fundraiser was a community effort.

"We've put together all the ideas and we are actually running the walking taco and all the students have come together to purchase supplies and donate to the fundraiser so it's really been cool," said McKee.

In November, Shelby Huff, a freshman, was diagnosed with very severe Aplastic Anemia. It's a rare condition where the body stops producing new blood cells, leaving a person fatigued and at a higher risk for infections and uncontrolled bleeding. Shelby is undergoing treatment at Sanford Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls through the use of medication and blood transfusions.

The students hope to raise enough money to buy Shelby a Vgo computer system; priced around $6,000.

The computer system facilitates back and forth audio and video communication, whether Shelby is at the hospital or at home, enabling her to attend school "virtually."



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