Community shows support

Spooner coach Tom Clark presented a check to Michelle O’Connell for $7,000 that was raised for her family as she battles cancer in a ceremony held at halftime on Thursday, Jan. 4. Shown (L to R): Ryan O’Connell, Mason O’Connell, Maddie O’Connell, Michelle O’Connell, coach Clark, Cumberland High School Principal Richie Narges and Spooner High School Principal Sarah Johnson. —Photos by Larry Samson

Larry Samson | Staff writer

SPOONER – Michelle O’Connell is a Spooner Middle School teacher and a mother of two children. She discovered she had cancer just before the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. Instead of returning to school to teach, she began chemotherapy. O’Connell battled cancer and went through her treatments with the knowledge that she had the love and support of her family and her students. She just completed the last of the harshest treatments. Her outlook looks good and she has returned to teaching.

O’Connell’s husband, Ryan, is a teacher at Cumberland High School. The Cumberland School has been supportive and the Cumberland students have raised funds for the Spooner/Cumberland basketball benefit.

The schools have raised over $7,000 for the O’Connell family. The Spooner Middle School students held penny wars and other fundraisers. They have been very active this past fall. The Spooner basketball team sold T-shirts and had a chicken dinner before the Thursday, Jan. 4, game with proceeds from the game in Spooner going into the fund. The Cumberland High School held fundraisers for their phy ed teacher, Ryan, with various fundraisers.