Duncan High School students are getting into the giving spirit.
The high school, led by the DHS Student Council, will be coming to the aid of a DHS student through its second annual LEGO Week. Several fundraisers will take place during the week to raise funds for the project.
Student Council members Kelsey Bridges and Alison McMurran said this year’s project will help student Mike Taylor, who is wheelchair bound. Taylor uses an electric wheelchair while at school, but has no way to transport it home, which means he uses a manual wheelchair outside of school. The goal is to raise money to make transporation of the wheelchair easier.
“We all love Mike,” Bridges said. “We want to help him out.”
Last year, the DHS Student Council raised nearly $12,000 for the Stephens County Youth Shelter. The students were aiming to raise $10,000 before surpassing it by almost $2,000.
Since last year’s fundraising week ended, the students have been ready to follow through with another fundraising week to help others. Jack Braught, student council president, said the project has been in the back of the minds of the Student Council members.
In January, the students began working out detail of this year’s fundraising week. During the Feb. 12 regular meeting, the Duncan Board of Education approved this year’s LEGO Week event.
said this year’s fundraiser is taking the focus to a well-known student in the school. While the Stephens County Youth Shelter might have been a personal cause for some of the students, Braught said Taylor gives a face to the project.
“I think the belief in the student council is we want to give back,” Braught said. “This year, we want to do more within the school. We want to make a change in his life.”
Taylor will return to the high school Monday, following surgeries to his legs.
The week of fundraisers will include a dress-up day and an activity coinciding with each day of the week. These include:
Monday — America Monday and Faculty Olympics. The Faculty Olympics will be at 7 p.m. The faculty members, 37 in all, will wear their Duncan Demon T-shirts for the event.
Tuesday — Reality TV Day and kickball. Kickball is slated for 7 p.m. at the softball field.
Wednesday — Wacky Tourist Day and Cherryberry proceeds donation. Starting at 4 p.m., Cherryberry will give a portion of its proceeds to the project.
Thursday — Thrift Day and dodgeball. Dodgeball will start at 7 p.m.
Friday — LEGO T-shirt Day and pep rally. The pep rally will officially bring the fundraising week to a close.