Walk for Debbie aims to give back

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TRENTON – Last Tuesday was a bright, bright sunny day, as the song goes.
With the hot summer weather, students from both Trenton Elementary and Trenton Middle schools made their way down to Trenton Park to participate in the second annual Walk for Debbie.

Debbie Campbell was a teaching aid at both schools over her career and had the opportunity to work with many children and help anyone who was in need. Last year, Campbell passed away after a battle with cancer, leaving students and staff at both schools wanting to do something to remember their friend.

“The walk started last year with some of the staff members interested in raising some funds for Debbie Campbell,” said Trenton Elementary School Principal Mike Washburn. “So we thought it might be a good idea to maybe give back to the community.”

After asking Campbell’s family how they felt about the idea, they kicked off the inaugural Walk for Debbie last year. The event takes place at Trenton Park and children raise funds by going door to door and asking friends, family and neighbours if they would like to give money for the cause.

Last year, students and staff raised $1,700 that all goes toward the Aberdeen Hospital to be used for the transportation fund to help cancer patients and their families pay for gas to get to important appointments.

This year, the schools managed to raise $1,500 for the fund.

“When we started it we thought we would raise maybe three, $400 that would be very supportive for the cause, but it snowballed and the community of Trenton is a very supportive community and always has been, so it continues to grow,” said Washburn.

“It’s turned out to be a very educational event for our students too, with talking about giving back to our community and empathy and that whole aspect is something that we try to talk to our kids each and every day about.”

As the walk continues and celebrates its second year, the memory of Campbell and the generous person she was also lives on with the students and staff she touched with her kindness.

“Hearing so much from people and how she was a fighter and the Superman logo which a lot of her family and some of the students were wearing today sort of signified that she was a fighter,” said Washburn.

“I had students in one class who knew Debbie telling some of the younger students the other day about what she did and what she was all about when she worked here, so their memories are being passed down through not only the staff but the students.”

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