Family on 3

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Family on 3

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It’s easy to take for granted what you’ve had around you your whole life. Although I know and appreciate how tight-knit our small community is, it isn’t something that I necessarily cherish as much as I should. I think that goes for most students at Rockport High School- we really don’t know how good we have it.

It wasn’t until today that I fully realized how much of an impact a small community can have. For the past month, RHS has been holding a fundraiser for the Wrinn family. Jamison Wrinn is a junior at RHS and a varsity basketball player, and his mom is battling cancer. Without hesitation, the athletic department immediately decided to hold a fundraiser in order to support Jamison’s family. T-shirts and wristbands were sold for a month during every basketball game, and all proceeds were to be donated to his family.

Today during halftime at the boys’ basketball game against Georgetown, Jamison was presented with the money that had been fundraised for his family: a total of $2,500. When I first heard the amount, tears came to my eyes. I will regretfully admit that I wasn’t expecting that big of a number, and was filled with emotion at the sound of it. It was not until that very moment that I completely treasured our community in Rockport. We may be small, but the love and support we have for one another sure doesn’t show it. When someone is struggling, we rally behind them and do everything in our power to help them off their feet. You really can’t say that about most schools.

I am so proud to be a student and a member of this loving community, and I won’t take it for granted again. We are all beyond lucky to be surrounded by such welcoming and big-hearted people every day.

Thank you to everyone who bought a t-shirt, bracelet, or donated money to the Wrinn family. Team Wrinn- we are all rooting for you and will be there for you no matter what.