Frisco senior class opts for present over prank

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by Jobin Panicker / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 9 at 8:19 AM

FRISCO, Texas -- The senior class at Centennial High School is replacing their senior prank for a senior present.

“This would be so much better and so much more influential to do this [compared to a prank,]” said Alejandra Magana, a senior.

The students decided to help a family in Frisco. Over the last several days, the class has been frantically searching to find a family who needed help.

“We knew right away needed to do this,” said senior class president Megan Ayers.

But the class didn't have to look far. Students would describe Haylee Harden, a graduating senior, as quiet and humble.

Magana said many students didn’t know Haylee was going through serious ups and downs.

“I think that family needs something like this right now, because cancer is tough,” said counselor Jackie Smith.

Haylee Harden is also graduating, but her mind is likely not on it. Her dad, J. Scott Harden, is fighting Stage 4 cancer. Haylee said medical bills were piling up.

It was all set up as a surprise to Haylee -- she didn't know her family was the recipient of the gift.

“I think it's going to really catch her off guard. I don't think she knows at all,” Ayers said.

On Friday, several classmates had gathered outside the food court near the Chick-Fil-A where she works at the Stonebriar Centre Mall. It was there, while students picked up their food orders, that Haylee was handed a check for nearly $7,000.

Organizers say the money came from some very gracious families, and restaurants like Chick-Fil-A and Cantina Laredo.

After all the hugs and tears, Haylee finally had some words.

“My dad would be proud. He would be so happy right now,” she said, trying to hold back tears.

“It’s very overwhelming. I appreciate everybody... It's just overwhelming,” said Linda Harden, her mother.

This senior class hopes to start a tradition: No more senior gags, just gifts.

And it may be this senior class’ last gift, but it's a lasting one.

“It's such a blessing. Thank you guys... Thank you. I really do appreciate it,” Haylee said.

If you would like to donate to Haylee and her family, you can do so at this link.

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