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‘Lunch ladies’ aid 12-year-old

DUBLIN — Never underestimate the kindness of “lunch ladies.”
About two months ago, after hearing the story of a young girl with ties to the local area who is struggling to overcome a rare but very serious medical condition, the lunch ladies at Pulaski County High School were inspired to take action.
Sidney Stewart, age 12, of Georgia, has spent the past seven months suffering from the effects of a brain tumor and condition called medulloblastoma.
Stewart’s mother, Kim, grew up in the New River Valley and was a close childhood friend of Tammy Ratcliffe, who is now a lunch lady at PCHS. In addition, Kim’s father, Denver Stewart, is a well-known figure within Montgomery County, having worked as an investigator with the county’s Sheriff’s Department for more than 20 years.
Touched by Sidney’s tragic situation and knowing that her medical bills had mounted up to more than $1 million, Ratcliffe shared her story with her co-workers and soon spun the plans for two fundraising projects.
With the help of fellow staff and students at PCHS, along with local businesses and members of the community, the lunch ladies have raised more than $2,000 to be used to help Stewart’s family in their time of need.
For their first project, the ladies called upon the help of student members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Seven of these students, who are led by club sponsor and PCHS teacher Scott Frye, placed donation boxes in their local churches, and along with other PCHS students, raised $1,300.
The seven FCA members who placed donation boxes in their churches included: Jared Cole, Blacksburg Church of Christ, Micaela Frye, French’s Chapel, Grace England, Highland Park Church, Jesse Dean, Mountain View United Methodist Church, Danyale Young, Draper Valley Pentecostal Holiness Church, Ashley Alley, Dublin United Methodist Church, and Rebecca Jennings, Calvary Baptist Church.
In addition, Ratcliffe, who attends Fairlawn Baptist Church, and Cindy Bailey, who is one of the lunch ladies who played a large role in helping Ratcliffe to organize the fundraisers and who attends Newbern Church of God, both placed donation boxes in their churches as well.
For their second fundraiser, the lunch ladies held a bake sale on May 31 at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Fairlawn. Through this bake sale and through the help of local businesses, a total of $1,200 was raised.
Businesses and people who lent a helping hand in making the bake sale a success included Tammy Farmer of the Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Fairlawn, Alice Basye of Food Lion in Fairlawn, Barry Willard of Wades in Radford, Ted Bess of Kroger in Fairlawn, Hardees in Dublin, Barbara Wells from Wades in Dublin, Ricky Greer and Sandy from Flowers Baking Co. in Fairlawn, Mike Quesenberry from Food Lion in Pulaski, Jason Martin from Food City in Pulaski, Laura Reynold’s from Wendy’s in Dublin, Teresa Hayden from Patty’s Kitchen, Ricky McGlothlin and Brian Bailey from Volvo, Market Place, WBLB, and Q99.
Besides Ratcliffe and Bailey, the lunch ladies who took part in these fundraising projects included Jennifer Bralley, Gail Tolliver, Teresa Sutherland, Patty Collins, Kaye O’Dell, Sharon Dalton, Ann Williams, Joyce Jones, Frances Tolbert, Angie Dalton and Teresa Wright.
Although they are not lunch ladies at PCHS, Bobby Hawks and Janet Gregory helped out with the bake sale as well.
Ratcliffe also expressed her appreciation for their boss, Ethelene Sadler “for being so patient with us.”
Ratcliffe added, “I am so blessed to work with wonderful, caring people. All of my co-workers were great and really put their time into helping.”
Ratcliffe also expressed her appreciation for Gary McCoy, Amy Hill, and her students, Doug Dunavant, Renay Ringgold, Linda Hanshew, Susie Saunders, Sharon Farmer, Tammy Parks and her students, the special education department, Ron Pruitt, Scott Frye and the SCA and other members of the local community who helped out in their efforts to raise money for Stewart.
Through fundraising efforts, not only from the PCHS lunch ladies but from people and organizations all over the New River Valley, Denver Stewart said that he has been able to purchase a specially-designed van with wheelchair accommodations for Sidney.
Both he and his wife, Antoinette, who live in Montgomery County, expressed their appreciation for those who have taken an interest in helping their granddaughter.

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‘Lunch ladies’ aid 12-year-old

DUBLIN — Never underestimate the kindness of “lunch ladies.”
About two months ago, after hearing the story of a young girl with ties to the local area who is struggling to overcome a rare but very serious medical condition, the lunch ladies at Pulaski County High School were inspired to take action.
Sidney Stewart, age 12, of Georgia, has spent the past seven months suffering from the effects of a brain tumor and condition called medulloblastoma.
Stewart’s mother, Kim, grew up in the New River Valley and was a close childhood friend of Tammy Ratcliffe, who is now a lunch lady at PCHS. In addition, Kim’s father, Denver Stewart, is a well-known figure within Montgomery County, having worked as an investigator with the county’s Sheriff’s Department for more than 20 years.
Touched by Sidney’s tragic situation and knowing that her medical bills had mounted up to more than $1 million, Ratcliffe shared her story with her co-workers and soon spun the plans for two fundraising projects.
With the help of fellow staff and students at PCHS, along with local businesses and members of the community, the lunch ladies have raised more than $2,000 to be used to help Stewart’s family in their time of need.
For their first project, the ladies called upon the help of student members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Seven of these students, who are led by club sponsor and PCHS teacher Scott Frye, placed donation boxes in their local churches, and along with other PCHS students, raised $1,300.
The seven FCA members who placed donation boxes in their churches included: Jared Cole, Blacksburg Church of Christ, Micaela Frye, French’s Chapel, Grace England, Highland Park Church, Jesse Dean, Mountain View United Methodist Church, Danyale Young, Draper Valley Pentecostal Holiness Church, Ashley Alley, Dublin United Methodist Church, and Rebecca Jennings, Calvary Baptist Church.
In addition, Ratcliffe, who attends Fairlawn Baptist Church, and Cindy Bailey, who is one of the lunch ladies who played a large role in helping Ratcliffe to organize the fundraisers and who attends Newbern Church of God, both placed donation boxes in their churches as well.
For their second fundraiser, the lunch ladies held a bake sale on May 31 at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Fairlawn. Through this bake sale and through the help of local businesses, a total of $1,200 was raised.
Businesses and people who lent a helping hand in making the bake sale a success included Tammy Farmer of the Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Fairlawn, Alice Basye of Food Lion in Fairlawn, Barry Willard of Wades in Radford, Ted Bess of Kroger in Fairlawn, Hardees in Dublin, Barbara Wells from Wades in Dublin, Ricky Greer and Sandy from Flowers Baking Co. in Fairlawn, Mike Quesenberry from Food Lion in Pulaski, Jason Martin from Food City in Pulaski, Laura Reynold’s from Wendy’s in Dublin, Teresa Hayden from Patty’s Kitchen, Ricky McGlothlin and Brian Bailey from Volvo, Market Place, WBLB, and Q99.
Besides Ratcliffe and Bailey, the lunch ladies who took part in these fundraising projects included Jennifer Bralley, Gail Tolliver, Teresa Sutherland, Patty Collins, Kaye O’Dell, Sharon Dalton, Ann Williams, Joyce Jones, Frances Tolbert, Angie Dalton and Teresa Wright.
Although they are not lunch ladies at PCHS, Bobby Hawks and Janet Gregory helped out with the bake sale as well.
Ratcliffe also expressed her appreciation for their boss, Ethelene Sadler “for being so patient with us.”
Ratcliffe added, “I am so blessed to work with wonderful, caring people. All of my co-workers were great and really put their time into helping.”
Ratcliffe also expressed her appreciation for Gary McCoy, Amy Hill, and her students, Doug Dunavant, Renay Ringgold, Linda Hanshew, Susie Saunders, Sharon Farmer, Tammy Parks and her students, the special education department, Ron Pruitt, Scott Frye and the SCA and other members of the local community who helped out in their efforts to raise money for Stewart.
Through fundraising efforts, not only from the PCHS lunch ladies but from people and organizations all over the New River Valley, Denver Stewart said that he has been able to purchase a specially-designed van with wheelchair accommodations for Sidney.
Both he and his wife, Antoinette, who live in Montgomery County, expressed their appreciation for those who have taken an interest in helping their granddaughter.

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