LILBURN, Ga. -- Hundreds of school children cheer wildly as three retired military men make their way to the stage.
The principal of Saint John Neumann Catholic school says to the assembled crowd, "You've achieved your goal. The chapel has been saved."
All of this excitement began before Christmas when Reyn Harbour, a seventh grade student at the school, saw 11Alive's story about the chapel at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. The chapel was slated to be demolished to make way for a new road on the base. A group of dedicated veterans were fighting to save it, but had fallen far short of the $100,000 needed.
Harbour's grandfather had served in the war. "Hecame up in my head and I wanted to donate in his memory," he said.
So Harbour went to work and it became a school-wide effort. Principal Porto said Harbour "set up three fundraisers. We sold popcorn, the teachers did a dress down day, and we did candy grams."Eight hundreddollars later, students held a celebration and check presentation to the veterans who had worked to save it. Up on the stage, Col. John Powers thanked Harbour for his efforts, saying, "You took the initiative and brought this before your school and this is going to go a long way towards helping the chapel. Thank you so much, we appreciate you."
And while the $800 can't save the chapel, someone else saw 11Alive's story that day -- someone who wishes to remain anonymous. Official said last week that someone gave the foundation $100,000.
The chapel gets moved to its new location on the base in two weeks.