BUCKHANNON — On Thursday, May 5, students, faculty and staff gathered at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School to round out the “No Hair, Don’t Care” fundraiser for their counselor, Kirsten Coyt-Fetty, who is currently fighting breast cancer. Coyt-Fetty was presented with a check totaling $9,535.10, raised by the students in just 10 days.
At a very emotional and beautiful ceremony, the top six students, due to a tie, who raised the most money had the opportunity to cut music teacher Braden Hoffman’s hair in front of the whole school. The idea was, Hoffman has hair so, let’s give it to Coyt-Fetty. Hoffman had been growing his hair for four years. The students were so excited to be part of something bigger than themselves. Hoffman expressed kindly to Coyt-Fetty, “You are the most amazing person I have ever met in my life. The way you care about people around you and embrace the school has truly been a great example for me as a new teacher.”
The fundraiser began following Coyt-Fetty’s absence from school. Constantly having to miss work due to doctor’s appointments, the help was needed greatly. Fellow teachers stated that she would never ask help, but it was there. Out of 440 plus students, donations were received from 183, combining for the grand total.
After the presentation, Coyt-Fetty gathered herself and said, “I am speechless. The things you have done for my family during this time has helped so much.” In happy tears, she continued, “You students now are able to say you matter. I cannot express my gratitude enough; I am just so overwhelmed. I just can’t believe this!”
Great job to all the students at Buckhannon Academy who helped raise funds for one of their own. What a fantastic thing to do for such a wonderful counselor in Upshur County.