As Press staff writer Jennifer Sprouse reported last week, students at Sullivan Central High School know how to lend more than a helping hand to a classmate. Some students have decided to shave their heads in a show of support for Nicholas Shortridge, a sophomore who is battling cancer.
Because chemotherapy treatments had taken his hair, his classmates thought shaving theirs would be the natural way of showing solidarity for Shortridge. In addition to the radical haircuts, many Sullivan Central students have contributed to a fund to help Shortridge’s family with medical expenses.
As a result, students and the local community have combined to raise more than $1,200.
Shortridge’s classmates are among the many Unsung Heroes in our community who make a major difference in the lives of others with small and large acts of kindness.
They are our friends and neighbors who volunteer to deliver hot meals to the homebound or provide transportation to seniors who need to get to a doctor’s appointment.
Others work with children in after-school programs or do clerical work for community service organizations.
We want to hear about other Unsung Heroes, and we need your help to tell their stories. Please send us whatever information you can about these individuals to Mailbag, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605-1717, or email@example.com.
You also can pass along information about Unsung Heroes by calling Opinion Page Editor Robert Houk at 722-0535.