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Milton High School students raise money for families impacted by cancer

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MILTON, Vt. -

There are many ways to give back and students at Milton High School are showing their support for families who have been impacted by cancer.

"She's a 28-year skin cancer survivor," said Amber Coolbeth, the fundraiser organizer.

For Coolbeth, her mother is her biggest inspiration.

"She pinpoints it every other month in a different place. I also have a grandmother who is a cervical cancer survivor," said Coolbeth.

Coolbeth's grandfathers are also cancer survivors. On Tuesday Coolbeth and her niece Mckayla Whitney, a freshman at Milton High, organized a coin drop to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

"We come together not just as a community helping out, we come together as a big family," said Coolbeth.

"I know Milton has experienced a lot in the past about dealing with students with cancer and a lot of loss. So, I think this kind of inspired me to join and help out," said freshmen Carlie Reen.

"At Milton High School we really encourage high school students to get involved in the community and I thought it was a great opportunity. I was very proud about her wanting to get involved in this way," said Christina Reider, a special educator.

Students donated a little or a lot to help make a difference. Something Whitney and Coolbeth have spent years doing with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

"I've done the walk, I've done dinner and dances, I've done bake sales, I've done dances and auctions," said Coolbeth.

"The activities, like dancing or putting on an ice cold frozen T-shirt, or sticking your face in a thing of pie, you're helping somebody and having fun doing it," said Whitney.

Each teacher adviser gets a box or a bucket to collect money from their class. The class that raises the most money gets an ice cream party or a pizza party.

But for each student who gives, it's about making a difference.

"Even as a high school student, you may not be 18 to vote but there are still things that you can do to be involved in the community and you can have an impact no matter what your age," said Reider.

Coolbeth and Whitney hope to raise a couple of hundred dollars at the coin drop, but above all, they hope to raise awareness.

The coin drop at Milton High will be going on until the end of the week.

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