Savannah Smith would do anything for her best friend, Landry Cole.
That’s why she dedicated all the money she raised at the Lorain County Fair this year to Cole and her family. Smith sold her 256-pound market hog for $21 per pound, which totaled more than $5,000.
Cole was diagnosed with brain cancer last December after doctors discovered two tumors. Her classmates have organized various events and fundraisers to support their friend and her loved ones.
Smith was recognized at the Sept. 15 board of education meeting for her generous donation.
Superintendent Dennis Mock started a new tradition of recognizing one outstanding student each month and named Smith as the first recipient.
“This is an incredible thing you’ve done for your friend,” high school principal Tina Drake said at the meeting.
Smith met Cole for the first time at open house the day before they started second grade. Smith said she and Cole immediately clicked and have been best friends ever since.
“Landry is the one friend I know will always be there for me, the one I know I can trust with anything, and the one I can count on. I wouldn’t trade our friendship for the world.”
Smith said she wanted to do whatever she could to help.
The Wellington High School freshman is a member of the Dreamchasers 4-H club and has been showing pigs for four years. She decided gifting her market pig’s earnings was the perfect way to show Cole how much she cares.
When she walked into the ring on Aug. 29 to auction off her hog, Smith had no idea it would sell for so much.
“That’s 12 times as much as they usually go for,” she said. “I thought maybe $6 or $7 dollars per pound but not $21. I was shocked.”
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Wellington High School principal Tina Drake introduces freshman Savannah Smith and recognizes her for her kind donation to Landry Cole and her family at the Wellington school board meeting on Sept. 15.