ATHENS — When one of Lynch-Bustin Elementary’s own needs help, it never takes long for the entire Athens Area School District to rally behind him.
Second-grader Seeley Carlin and his family has quickly found that out as the student now spends much of his time at Geisinger in Danville battling lymphoblastic leukemia.
“He fell ill during the winter and, ever since he was diagnosed, he’s been in and out of Danville for treatment,” elementary school teacher Aleisha Mosher said. “And he needs our love and support.”
On Wednesday, the school showed its support with students and staff donning orange attire, which is leukemia’s support color, and wore orange ribbons. Additionally, everyone at the school worked together to organize a “S’ents for Seeley” collection, which encourages students, families and staff members to donate loose change.
“We’ve had so many coins donated already. We’re still busy counting them up,” Mosher said. “We’re hoping to be able to help Seeley’s family with expenses through this very difficult time.”
Mosher said Seeley was typically reserved and quiet in class, and also “genuinely kind” to everyone.
“He loves to read. It’s definitely his favorite subject,” she said. “And we miss him daily.”
Mosher explained that the event was just another example of the school community banding together to help one of their own.
“All of Lynch-Bustin has been helping,” she said. “We’ve had parents come in and ask what they can do to help. It’s just been a great community effort. And the family really appreciates it. They’re very thankful for all the help they’ve already received from the community.”
Those looking to help Seeley’s cause are encouraged to make monetary donations out to the Athens Area School District at the Lynch-Bustin offices, with memos written saying that the donation is for Seeley.