The Norman Transcript

March 30, 2013

Making a positive impact

By Jocelyn Pedersen
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN —

At an assembly held at Noble High School, Friday, the second largest amount of money ever raised was announced during the SHOUT Week Big Reveal ceremony. SHOUT is an acronym for Students Helping Others Unite Together, and this year, 3-year-old Alex Lane, who lives with cerebral palsy, was the recipient of many gifts of love, time, talent and treasure from the Noble community.

Before SHOUT Week kicked off earlier this month, Noble students worked tirelessly over the weekend to transform the hallways of Noble High School into a festive environment encouraging monetary donations through participation in fundraising activities throughout the week including a dessert sale, dunk tank, pizza luncheons, a dodge ball tournament, carnival and fashion show, to name just a few. The many fundraising events were coordinated by the Noble High School Student Council, Kim Krohmer, advisor, and Principal Frank Solomon.

Alex’s dad, Matt Lane, teaches Oklahoma history and government at NHS as well as coaching the girls’ JV basketball and boys’ football teams.

Stefanie Lane, Alex’s mom, said she and her family are awestruck by the attention and outpouring of support during SHOUT Week, even though by press time, she had not yet learned the gifts bestowed upon her family.

“It’s a little overwhelming. SHOUT Week was super busy. Alex loved every minute of it. She went to the school dance, we saw Jack Hannah. She liked all the attention,” Lane said. “We didn’t expect this at all because she’s only three. We found out from Frank Solomon that she was nominated. When we found out she was chosen, we were shocked. We’re very humbled.”

Morgan Bradshaw, NHS Student Council president, said $33,807.74 was raised to help Alex and her family. Bradshaw explained that since Alex can’t talk or walk, the Lane family wanted her to be able to move around with her twin sister, Penny, and older sister, Abby, 5.

Bradshaw said the goal was to raise enough funds to convert the family van to be wheelchair accessible, provide Alex with a wheelchair and a “kid walker” as well as a specialized tricycle so she can ride bikes with her sisters. The final goal was to send Alex and her family to Disney World’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando.

“In all honestly, SHOUT Week is a real community booster with a lot of community involvement,” Bradshaw said. “Lots of people give more than they can—not only with money, but in time and effort. It was beyond successful this year.”

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