Mount Airy Middle School students raised more than $6,000 during a recent read-a-thon to benefit Mount Airy resident Susan Hornick, who suffers from leukemia and is awaiting a costly bone marrow transplant.
Principal Larry Barnes said 139 students read from 6:30 to 11:45 p.m.
at the school on Friday, Oct. 5. Several parents also read to raise money for the Susan Hornick Fund. Others attended to encourage the participants.
The project also has involved staff and faculty, who verified the amount of time children read and have helped collect pledges.
Students received pledges for the minutes they spent reading their books.
School officials were surprised by the amount of money raised.
"My benchmarker was that 100 students would participate and raise about $1,000. To reach $6,000 exceeded what expectations we had. We're very pleased," Barnes said.
Students will be recognized for their efforts during a special assembly Monday, Oct. 29. Kathleen Kennedy-Townsend, director of the Maryland Student Service Alliance, will congratulate the students for their work and also will speak about the value of community service projects.
Pending her health, Hornick may appear at the assembly to accept the check, Barnes said.