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May 14, 2014MARYVILLE, Mo. |  By: John Coffey

St. Gregory's Students "Pay it Forward"

7th graders at St. Gregory's School in Maryville recently accepted a challenge from the Maryville Optimist Club to "Pay it Forward."  Each of the nine students were given five dollars from the Optimist Club with the goal of turning the five dollars into more via fundraising. The money raised would help out a cause decided on by the class.  Past-President of the Maryville Optimist Club, Mary Noel-Owens, says the St. Gregory's 7th graders chose to raise money for the KU Cancer Research Center and Ronald McDonald House.

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Pay it Forward
St. Gregory's students listen as past-president of the Maryville Optimist Club, Mary Noel-Owens, 
encourages "paying it foward."

A special assembly at St. Gregory's School was held this week to announce the 7th grade class was able to raise $865 with $560 going to the KU Cancer Center.  Noel-Owens says it's important to teach children how to "Pay it Forward.:

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Pay it Forward
St. Gregory's 7th Graders present check to KU Cancer Center.

Noel-Owens also challenged next year’s St. Gregory’s 7th grade class to continue the tradition of “paying it forward.”
The students also chose to donate money to Landon Shaw, an infant from Tarkio who is battling cancer since birth. Landon’s great-grandparents attended the St. Gregory's assembly this week celebrating the fundraising efforts.  
Lois Wiley, Landon’s great-grandmother, says their family is overwhelmed by the support everyone has shown in assisting with the cost of Landon's medical bills, in particular the Plunge for Landon project on Facebook where people pledge money by challenging others to jump into bodies of water.

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Wiley says Landon Shaw is currently home before beginning another series of treatments next week at Children's Mercy Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas.