Rallying around one of their own, Nord middle-schoolers raised more than $5,500 Friday by playing dodgeball.
The day-long tournament raised cash for the family of Debra Majkut, killed July 28 when a car plowed through the wall of her Rt. 58 home in Amherst Township.
Her 12-year-old son, Jacob, was a student last year at Nord in Amherst.
Classmates there paid $3 to play dodgeball and $1 to leave class to spectate. That cash, along with several parent donors who gave a couple hundred dollars each, built up quickly, said principal Bill Miller.
“Typically when we do something like this, we’ll raise over $1,000. This is huge,” he said of the fundraising total.
Nord Middle School intervention specialist Beth Kovach organized the games and made the benefit into a contest between classrooms.
When Danny George of Sal & Al’s offered to supply the winning class with pizza and ice cream, Kovach reached out to other businesses too. D’Tutanelli’s Pizza, Ziggy’s Restaurant and Pub, Dairy Queen, Kiedrowski’s Bakery, and Marco’s Pizza all chipped in with prizes.
Stephanie Boggs’ homeroom was the top donation-earner, collecting $821 for the cause.
Jacob Majkut, now a seventh-grader, was taken to the tournament by Amherst Junior High assistant principal Rhonda Neuhoff.
The crowd of fifth- and sixth-graders that gathered in the gymnasium took up chanting his name as the games began Friday, the volume swelling in support.
With the holidays rapidly approaching, Jacob will be treated to another surprise in coming weeks: Kovach and her husband, Lorain police Det. Chris Kovach, will take him along for “Shop with a Cop,” an annual event to help children in need.
Miller said anyone in the public who wants to give to the Majkut family can do so at the Nord main office.
Debra Majkut was just 34 when Adrianna Young, 23, of Oberlin, drove through the exterior wall of the family home just south of Rt. 113. Young’s vehicle landed on top of Debra, who was pronounced dead on the scene.
Infant Jaxon Majkut was badly burned on one side of his face by the muffler. He was pulled free and flown to Cleveland for medical treatment.
Miller and others close to the family told the News-Times this week that medical bills are high and not all are covered by insurance.
Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.
Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Jacob Majkut was honored at half court at the start of a benefit dodgeball tournament Friday at Nord Middle School. Students there raised $5,500 to help the Majkut family.