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April 12, 2014

Benefit set for teacher

Teacher gets helping hand

By ROBBIE EDWARDS

robbie.edwards@register-news.com

WALTONVILLE — Students and staff at Waltonville School district are hosting a musical benefit for John McGhee with The Wizard of Oz on April 15.

“John is such a wonderful person, he is always positive, and that is why the community loves him,” said Pam Green, a special education teacher at the grade school

McGhee is battling cancer and the medical bills are piling up. Carol Williams, a retired music teacher, came up with the idea for the event and is organizing the musical.

“I am very humbled and and grateful for everything everyone has done,” McGhee said. “I wasn’t expecting any of this. I already loved the people here but this has just overwhelmed me.”

The event, which will feature musical performance, will be held in the Waltonville Grade School gym. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the music begins at 7 p.m.

Th program was inspired by “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Wiz.” Green will be the narrator summarizing the story while the staff and students sing several songs.

“Carol came up with the whole idea for this unique program and has been great by volunteering so much time working with the students and staff,” Green said.

During the evening, a silent art auction of abstract paintings donated by the Waltonville High School will be available.

Also, several items will be raffled off, including an outdoor basketball goal, girl and boy bikes, gift certificates from Applebee’s and Rare Chop House, a basket of Spartan gear, and a gift basket from Dale’s Harley-Davidson. All items have been donated for the cause.

“People from the community have already been amazing with all the donations,” Green said.

One of McGhee’s students, Arizona Scheidt, said it’s important to support this event.

“Mr. McGhee is a good teacher that helps you do music,” the eighth grader said. “He has taught me a lot about music.”

Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the grade school and from the students. Tickets are six for $5.

For more information call Waltonville Grade School at 279-7221.

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