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Student of the Week: Brylee Haring

Updated: Aug 28, 2023

Lawrenceburg student steps up for teacher with Leukemia

(LAWRENCEBURG, Ind.) -- A Central Elementary fifth grader has went above and beyond to help her teacher this school year.

Mrs. Maggie Cole was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia this summer and hasn't been in the classroom as she goes through the rigorous treatment.

Fifth grader Brylee Haring found out Mrs. Cole was battling the illness just days before the first day of school.

"She started doing things for Mrs. Cole the minute she received the news that Mrs. Cole wouldn’t be starting the school year," Brylee's mother, Kate.

Brylee's first gesture was to make a collage of inspiring messages to send to Mrs. Cole.

She also wanted to send flowers to the hospital but found out real flowers were not allowed to be delivered.

So, Brylee got creative! She used LEGO blocks to make this bouquet of flowers for Mrs. Cole.

Brylee made LEGO flowers for her teacher

Brylee now has a new initiative to help Mrs. Cole and it's one you can support too.

The fifth grader is making bracelets and selling them with proceeds going toward a wig fund for Mrs. Cole.

Brylee asked her mom to make a Facebook post to promote the bracelets last week.

"Within a couple of hours she had sold out the bracelets that she made and learned real quick that we needed to purchase thread refills and start making more," Kate said.

The fifth grader has sold over 80 bracelets so far and hopes she can make many more for Mrs. Cole.

The bracelets are only $5 and her father, Noah, who is a local realtor, says he will match the donations.

"Brylee is shocked that so many people have supported her and her efforts to help her teacher, Mrs. Cole," Kate added.

You can learn more about the bracelets and how to support Mrs. Cole by clicking here or by reaching out to Central Elementary School.

Here's what Mrs. Cole said about Brylee's efforts:

"Brylee’s servanthood has been an inspiration to me and others around her. At such a young age, she is teaching us what being selfless means. I am so grateful for her and her family’s support and encouragement.," Maggie said.

"I cannot wait to get back in my classroom to personally thank her, and I especially cannot wait to be her teacher!"

We are very happy to recognize Brylee as our Student of the Week! We know Mrs. Cole is very proud of you too!



Each week we feature a Student of the Week in Southeast Indiana. You can nominate students of all grade levels! There are no qualifications. It can be for an accomplishment, personality, community involvement, or anything they've done that deserves to be recognized. We welcome nominations from schools in Decatur, Dearborn, Ripley, Franklin, Ohio and Switzerland counties.


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  • Name, school, and grade of the student

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