STUDENTS RAISING CASH FOR CLASSMATE

March 07, 2002 11:00 pm

Azalea Middle School students are holding fundraisers at two locations today (March 9) for their injured classmate, Sterling Sybrandt.

The sense of place class students will be selling Sterlings light of hope decorated candles at Rays Food Place and at Fred Meyer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The students have prepared loose change cans titled Sterlings Silver for business owners to place in their business for donations.

They will also accept donations for the Sterling Sybrandt fund at Washington Mutual.

On March 30, students in the leadership class will hold a car wash and bake sale at Rays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sybrandt, a fifth-grader at Upper Chetco Elementary School, suffered severe head injuries March 1 when he fell off a rope swing while playing at a neighbors house.

He was transported by ambulance to Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City and later airlifted to the pediatric trauma center at U.C. Davis in Sacramento. He has not regained consciousness since the accident.

Hes still in a coma, basically, in a nutshell, his father, Ray Sybrandt, told The Pilot Friday.

Hes going to wake up, he said. Hes going to come out of this. Were reading to him now. He could wake up at any time.

Sybrandts parents are staying near the hospital and have remained by his side.

Were just taking this one day at a time, Ray said.