CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Victoria Vaughn said her life became dark when her 7-year-old son died last December. The family's Mulberry home was destroyed in a fire. Noah Vaughn-Linderer did not make it out.
He was a first grader at Clinton Prairie.
"We were devastated," Clinton Prairie Teacher Katy Richwalski said. "Whether we knew him or not, it's a small community, it was a loss to our family. Everyone stepped up to help."
Richwalski said students continue to step up and help the family. On Monday her high-ability sixth grade class presented the family a $1,500 check.
"It shows that there are a lot of bright lights in this dark world," Vaughn said.
Every year the class sells a $.50 newspaper to raise money for a certain cause. This year they wanted to raise money in Noah's memory.
"We all made our own articles, and we all did something to contribute to it," student Maddie Haynes said.
"Since there had been a great loss in our school, and we could probably do something to help it, we decided that would be the cause we would choose," Student Breawna Caldwell said. "Everyone in our class backed it 100 percent."
Students said they saw people paying more than the $.50 price, and not asking for change back. They said the extra donations helped them raise more than $1,000 than normal.
"It was several newspapers," Richwalski said. "Then we had staff donating their extra $20, $50, which was amazing to see."
Vaughn said she hopes to build a memorial near the family's home.
"Noah was the best person I had ever met," Vaughn said. "I would even say that if I wasn't lucky enough to had been his mother."
Tuesday would have been Noah's 8th birthday.
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