Pine River NHS raising money to help fellow student

LEROY — For this year’s annual student-led service project, the Pine River National Honor Society (NHS) is teaming up with the Leadership Class, the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and other local organizations to raise funds for fellow Pine River student, Serenity Aug.

Aug is a fifth-grade student who suffers from oculocutaneous albinism, a disease that severely limits her vision to 20/200. This means what the average individual sees at 200 feet, she can only see at 20 feet. Not only does this disease drastically reduce her sight, there is a possibility that it may worsen throughout her life.

There is now hope through technological advances that will allow her to finally see with near-perfect vision. The Canadian company, eSight, has designed cutting edge glasses that help those with vision loss in restoring their eyesight; however, with this technology, also comes a hefty price tag. To acquire these glasses for Aug, it will require a $15,000 fundraising effort. The goal of the students is to help raise as much of the $15,000 as possible, its members are working on a variety of projects in the local community, such as a spaghetti dinner, a silent auction, a magic show and a color run in the spring.

To make a donation for Aug, visit or send a check to Pine River Area Schools, in care of NHS, 17445 Pine River Road, LeRoy, MI, 49655.

For more information on how to help, contact Mason Powell, NHS president (, Spencer Haskel, NHS secretary ( or Alexis Beebe, Leadership president (