Duncan High School students love Mike Taylor.
And they proved that love by raising $20,471.20 through Leggo Week, a week-long fundraising effort headed by the DHS Student Council. The goal is to use the money to buy a van with a wheelchair lift for Taylor to use.
This is the second year for Leggo Week. Last year, money raised went toward the construction of the new Stephens County Youth Shelter. This year, the student council members chose a more personal cause — their friend, Taylor.
“It was very appreciated,” Taylor said. “It was great.”
While Taylor did feel a bit overwhelmed at times by his popularity with the student body, he was touched by the generosity of his peers. Taylor is a junior at Duncan High School, who has mobility issues that keep him wheelchair bound most of the time.
Taylor recently underwent surgery on his legs in hopes to gain more mobility and started rehab last week. For now, when he’s at school, he uses a motorized wheelchair. The van with lift would help transport the wheelchair to him home.
“I’ve had a hard time balancing school work and learning to walk,” Taylor said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to walk more. That’s my life-long goal.”
Leggo Week was a welcome back for Taylor, following his absence from school. This is partly why Monday kicked off the fundraising.
Taylor had fun during Leggo Week, and he realized how much work had gone into the project. Student Council members began planning the fundraiser toward the end of 2012.
“Like always, it’s very interesting,” Taylor said of Leggo Week. “They enjoy it. They always do.
“I don’t want it to be too much like work for them. Then they wouldn’t enjoy it as much.”
Although Taylor had a lot on his mind during the week, from school work to Leggo Week to his rehab, he has also been working toward the regional competition through the DHS Drama Department.
Taylor was slated to compete in competition Saturday. His competition piece was a domestic extemporaneous piece where he talks up to seven minutes about current news, after selecting a topic from several choices.
As with Leggo Week, Taylor is excited to see where the drama competition will lead.
“I could move on to state,” he said.
Results from the regional competition will be available in an upcoming edition of The Banner.
Student Council raises funds to help Mike Taylor
Duncan High School students love Mike Taylor.
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Duncan's Jack Braught named 2013 Crossman Award winner
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