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Community supports family in need at breakfast fundraiserSubmitted: 04/25/2015
LAND O' LAKES - The Phelps community came together Saturday to turn tragedy into something positive.

"Mrs. Johnson was always one of our favorite teachers, you could go to her about anything like troubles at home or bullying, and she'd always be there for us so it's really nice to give back to her," said Phelps 8th grader Alexandria Myszka.

Kim Johnson works as the music teacher at Phelps Middle School. After her husband D.J. was hurt in an accident last month, he's now paralyzed from the waist down.

But the community decided to help the family.

"Originally, this was our 8th grade class fundraiser, but after we heard about Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, we decided to donate all of the proceeds to them," said Myszka.

The Phelps 8th graders hosted a breakfast fundraiser at The Sunrise Lodge in Land O' Lakes. More than 300 people came out in support.

They also held raffles, silent auctions, and bake sales to raise more money for the Johnson's.

"It's a good family," said Phelps Middle School staff Cindy Spurgeon. "The Johnson's are a great family, and it shows just in the support that they're getting."

The family is now renovating their house to make it wheelchair accessible.

Phelps Middle School is still collecting donations for anyone who wants to give to the family.

"We really appreciate her at our school, and we're happy that she still takes time out of her week to come visit us even with her husband," said Myszka.

If you want to donate anything to the Johnson family, you can contact Phelps Middle School at 715-545-2724.

Story By: Mary O'Connell

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