WEST JEFFERSON-Trey Simmons is a numbers man.
So he knows his odds of counting on the community for support during his time of need are pretty good.
The upbeat Ashe County math teacher recently began his second bout with cancer and he needs your help.
“They thought he was cancer free until this past November and then they learned it had spread,” said coworker Diane Eldreth.
Despite the diagnosis, Eldreth said Simmons has remained positive and continues to do what he does best: teach.
“It’s just amazing to see what that man has been able to do,” said Eldreth. “He’s just so upbeat.”
Like so many other teachers at the school, Simmons goes out of his way to help a student in need.
“He deals with the kids in math that have a hard time learning the subject,” said Eldreth. “He’s very good at math and what he does.”
When he’s not mentoring children in the classroom, he’s motivating them to become stronger individuals in the community. He’s currently a Boy Scouts’ master for a local troop.
After years of helping others, Simmons is seeking some of that support in return.
To help cover mounting medical expenses, his fellow teachers have organized a fundraiser and silent auction, which will be held March 19 at the Ashe High cafeteria and auditorium.
The spaghetti dinner will be followed by live entertainment in the auditorium. Dustin Roten and Taylon Miller lead the evening’s lineup of music.
The dinner begins at 4 p.m. and continues until the last person is served.
All donations will be greatly appreciated.
Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.