As one of its own teachers undergoes treatment for cancer, Aspen Creek Elementary School in Gretna has been quick to rally around him.

Fifth-grader Paolo Perez organized a hot cocoa fundraiser and bake sale for fourth-grade teacher Jon Brown, held March 9 and 10.

Enlisting the help of a few classmates to run the booth, Perez collected more than $1,000 for the teacher.

“My dad had cancer and everyone helped me and my family when he had to go through treatment,” Perez said. “I just wanted to give back and return the favor.”

A number of families in the school community donated baked goods, and Gretna’s McKinney’s Food Center provided them with a table and front-and-center location to set up at the store. Kingdom Insurance also donated to help the booth become a success.

“I am so blessed to be loved by so many people,” Brown wrote in an email. “A huge thanks to these three young men and their families for all the time and effort they put in this weekend, and a huge thank you to all of you that stopped out for some goodies and hot chocolate. I continue to be in awe of all the love and support that my family has been shown by the Gretna community.”

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