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Class of the Week 2/6: Thorp Middle School

by Natalie Sparacio & Jeannie Prescott

WAKE UP WISCONSIN (WAOW)---This week's winner are the Student Council members at Thorp Middle School.

The students organized a fundraiser for Andy Thain, a former student who is disabled because of his cerebral palsy.

He's been wheelchair bound since he was 3 years old, and is now a 22 year old graduate... from Marquette University's Business School.

Recently, Andy got a service dog named Louie, from the La Crosse based organization, "Capable Canines", to help assist him in his day to day life.

Louie picks up objects, retrieves his phone, opens doors, and does much more.

Andy just got the dog, he's a 2 year old black Labrador Retriever.

Unfortunately, Louie cost over 8-thousand dollars, so, the students are holding a t-shirt sale to help offset that price, and provide Andy with a second chance at life.

The t-shirts have a picture of Louie on them, and say "I Made A Difference".

In just one week, the student have raised more than $300, their goal is to raise $3,600.

The t-shirts are $10 each, here's how you can purchase one, and help these kids surpass their goal:

Make Checks payable to: "Thorp Schools"

Send  to: Judy Smriga

               605 S. Clark St.

               P.O. Box 449

               Thorp, WI     54771

Please attach $1.50 for each t-shirt you buy, to cover shipping fees.

We had the opportunity to go visit the students this week, and you can tell just how driven and genuine they are, about making a difference in Andy's life.

We'll be sure to keep you posted on how much money the student's end up raising for the cause.

This is a perfect example of students taking time to think of others, and having a huge impact on someone else.

If you would like your school to be on Wake Up Wisconsin be sure to email us at with all your nominations.

Every Friday at 6:30 on Wakeup...we recognize a different school for their accomplishments.

Online Reporters: Natalie Sparacio & Jeannie Prescott

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