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Teens raise over $1,000 for former teacher with breast cancer

Posted at 2:37 PM, Dec 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-24 17:23:37-05

GREAT FALLS – Two eighth graders from North Middle School are giving back to a former teacher.

Norah Allen and Jenna Etcheberry started a business and called it Scrunchies for Stephanie.

“We just put it out there to just make a couple hundred bucks, but then people started to buy them, a lot. It went crazy,” Allen said.

The girls put their sewing skills to the test and stitched over 250 scrunchies, raising over $1,000.

But they say no one deserves this donation more than Riverview Elementary School teacher, Stephanie Frank.

Frank teaches first grade at the elementary school.

“She’s so sweet and super funny, just a really good person,” Allen said.

The balance between teaching and raising her three young boys was hard enough, but when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in April, she realized this battle would get even harder.

“We didn’t think it would happen to her,” Etcheberry said.

With the love and support from the community, Stephanie is continuing to teach and be a mother.

Her former students described Stephanie as sweet, funny and a genuine person and couldn’t be more excited to help her during the holiday season.

“No person deserves to be going through what she’s going through right now,” Allen said.

The girls presented Stephanie with her check this week.

In addition to the $1,060 they raised through their scrunchy business, First Interstate Bank matched half of their proceeds and donated an additional $525.

“We wanted to give it to her before Christmas so she could buy her boys some Christmas gifts and help her out with her medical expenses,” Allen said.

Reporting by Elizabeth Transue for MTN News