Two of Pat Walls’ independent-living classes made cookies and sold them during three lunch periods at the high school earlier this month to help the 18-year-old Greencastle senior offset the cost of medical care associated with her accident.
Weller was injured when her vehicle went off Catholic Church Road in Clear Spring and rolled over several times before coming to rest 20 feet off the roadway. She was trapped in her vehicle for about 11 hours before help arrived. She was airlifted from the scene to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
She returned home Sept. 11, and is continuing with physical therapy locally.
Her mother, Tressa Weller, has said her daughter is hoping to return to school in the second semester, which begins in January.
Walls’ students were reading the book “The Ultimate Gift” by Jim Stovall.
“One of the things the main character in the book learns is the importance of giving,” said Walls, who decided to use the opportunity as a teachable moment.
“Malory was the real-life connection,” Walls said. “She was supposed to be in my class, and I have students who are very good friends with her. I thought this would be the best opportunity to experience the gift of giving.”
The students sold two cookies in a bag for $1. The fundraiser made $400, with part of the proceeds coming from a donation can set up during the three lunch periods.
Greencastle-Antrim Senior High junior Jensen Stoner didn’t know Weller personally but passed her a few times in the hallway.
He said he was happy to help.
“Just because you don’t know someone personally doesn’t mean you can’t give a part of yourself, whether it be your time or a material item to help someone out,” Stoner said.
Even small gestures make a difference, he said.
“It is a small town. Everybody knows everyone, and we’re all willing to lend a helping hand,” he said.
Senior Zach Husband liked making a difference.
“It was for a great cause,” Husband said. “We collected a lot of money and it got the student body’s attention.”