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Lynchburg-Clay Elementary's support of student with cancer makes it the School of the Week
LYNCHBURG, Ohio (WKRC) - When a family or student is in need in the Lynchburg-Clay School District, everyone rallies around.
That's what they've done here at the elementary school for a very special first-grader.
Two weeks after Olivia Furbee finished kindergarten, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Not only did her family have to deal with the diagnosis, treatments, and medical bills, but they also had to stand by while the 6-year-old missed one of her favorite activities which was going school.
So, the first-grade team decided to take matters into their own hands, visiting Olivia at home after school hours to provide one-on-one instruction.
They also take cards, pictures, and gifts from the students. There is also a bag hanging outside Olivia's first-grade classroom with the words "Love for Olivia" where students from all grades can drop notes.
The high school and middle school even got in on the action, raising more than $18,000 for the family to help with medical bills.
"At the beginning of this when Olivia was diagnosed, her mother was extremely worried about her falling behind and not being able to be a part of school because Olivia loves school so much," said principal Angela Godby. "So, having the teachers go to the home and stay in contact with mom throughout the year and going to the home when we can, when she feels like it, has been a blessing."
Olivia's mom, Amy, says the first-grade teachers have gone above and beyond to make her daughter happy and feel included.
That's why she nominated Lynchburg-Clay Elementary as this week's school of the week. Duke Energy presented the school with a $1,000 check.