‘Hats for Maeve:’ J-D Middle Schoolers got to break a school rule for a brave classmate

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Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School has a strict policy that prohibits students from wearing hats inside the building– unless it’s for a good cause.

Hats of all shapes and sizes were seen in the hallways on Friday in support of fifth-grade student Maeve Dadey.

Maeve was born with spina bifida, which means her spine didn’t form correctly. She’s had 14 surgeries– including some fairly recently. 

Her head had to be shaved and she now wears a surgical scrub hat. 

“Maeve had a surgery recently, where her head had to be shaved. And we thought hats were the best way to show our support because she wears a hat every day. And so to see her classmates wearing hats, it’s good support,” said sister Regan Dadey. 

Regan led a group of eighth graders organizing “Hats for Maeve.” Students with hats were asked to donate a few dollars to Ronald McDonald House, which helps families like Maeve’s during long hospital stays. 

The girls were amazed that they surpassed their fundraising goal of $300.

At last count, they had more $1,000 and they’re not stopping at the school. 

If you’d like to donate, click here. 
 

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