Photo: Student prepped for college by teachers' collection

College collection: Berne-Knox-Westerlo Teachers Association members stand with graduating senior Sam Gerardi. From left, are Tony Muscatiello, Audra Rys, Phil Matthews, Erin Snyder, Gerardi, Amanda Gorman, Robert Bentley, Beth Davis, Neil McConnelee, Kelly Smith, and Tom Galvin. 

BERNE — After Berne-Knox-Westerlo student Sam Gerardi's family home succumbed to a fire in May, Teachers Association members collected more than $1,200 in one week toward a laptop.

“Since Sam is always among the first to help anyone in need, his teachers wanted to help send him off with a good start,” Kelly Smith, the association’s president wrote in an e-mail.

At Houghton College, where Gerardi plans to study chemistry, science majors are required to have laptops. 

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