More than $2,200 was raised over a four-day period last week to benefit a first-grader struggling with a rare illness.


Marci Jones, a first-grade teacher at Stourbridge Primary Center, was moved to launch the effort for Meadow Quinn after reading about her in The Wayne Independent and seeing a story about her on WNEP. Jones, a first-grader student at Wallenpaupack North Primary School, has Neurofibromatosis ­ -- a tumor disorder without a cure. Wallenpaupack is running a “Big Give” effort to raise $70,000 for Quinn. 


More than $2,200 was raised over a four-day period last week to benefit a first-grader struggling with a rare illness.

Marci Jones, a first-grade teacher at Stourbridge Primary Center, was moved to launch the effort for Meadow Quinn after reading about her in The Wayne Independent and seeing a story about her on WNEP. Jones, a first-grader student at Wallenpaupack North Primary School, has Neurofibromatosis ­ -- a tumor disorder without a cure. Wallenpaupack is running a “Big Give” effort to raise $70,000 for Quinn.

Jones’ project saw donations collected by students and staff at Wayne Highlands Middle School, Lakeside Elementary, Preston Elementary, Stourbridge Primary Center and Damascus schools.

“After contacting each school and tallying up the money donated we came up with a grand total of $2,261.71,” said Jones.  “In four days, I was hoping for around $1,000.”

The effort ran from Monday, March 17 to Thursday, March 20. It featured donation containers placed in various offices, a dress-down day and donations brought from home by students.

Jones reported that Christina Smith, a parent of one of her students, helped her make a lunchtime deposit Thursday at Honesdale Nation Bank. The deposit, all in change, totaled $994.71.

“The boys and girls were so proud of themselves to think they are making a difference in a little girl's life,” Jones said. “We may be a neighboring rival when it comes to sports, but we are one big family when it comes to helping out a neighbor in need. I have always been proud to live in the Wayne Highlands School District, as well as raise my own family here. This is just another example of the wonderful community we call home!”

The “Big Give” effort was started by Quinn’s teacher, Becky Schaepe.

She told the Independent in its original story: “My dad always taught me that you can’t live your life, ‘Would’ve, could’ve, should’ve.’ And when you put your head on your pillow at night to know that you did the best job that you could, you know? No regrets. And I think that’s a big thing for me — to not live with regrets. And to help kids. How do you not help kids?”

According to Schaepe, Quinn currently requires a full-time nurse and eats through a feeding tube. Her family’s health insurance company refused to pay for a four-week clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that would have taught her to east without the tube.

At last report, the “Big Give” has raised more than $42,000.

 How to help
Donations to help Meadow Quinn can be made by send a check to: Wallenpaupack North Primary, c/o Becky Schaepe, 158 Atlantic Avenue, Hawley, PA 18428.