South Platte students raise funds for classmate battling health issues

BIG SPRINGS, NE — Students at South Platte Public Schools are helping a classmate in need.

A group at the school is raising funds for junior Kerstin Brown, who has recently spent time in the hospital with arising health issues. Students sold donuts, coffee, cookies and more Monday and Tuesday morning. All proceeds are going to the Brown family.

Eighth grader Cordell Frerichs says he came up with the idea for the fundraiser Sunday and quickly put it together with the help of friends. He says the decision to lend a hand to the Brown family was an easy one.

"She's a really good person and it's always nice to give back," Frerichs said. "We just figured to help out, especially with expenses because it adds up to a lot."

Brown is active in school sports, taking part in volleyball, basketball and track and field. Tuesday, she even drew support from fellow student athletes she normally competes against.

"Our community works together and it's a really strong community," Frerichs said. "I know Chappell, Creek Valley, their volleyball team came just to support another school and an individual that they play against on the court and on the field. It was really cool to see that Creek Valley came and showed up."

Between the Storm volleyball team and everyone in the South Platte community who bought a morning snack, Frerichs says they raised over $5,000 dollars for the Brown family.