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Century School to hold fundraiser for Peyton Spurgeon's family

Peyton Spurgeon

A special fundraising event to benefit the family of Peyton Spurgeon will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at Century Elementary School.

Eight-year-old Peyton Spurgeon, who died May 3 at Altru Hospital, was a second-grade student at Century school.

The event, “Shaved Ice for Peyton,” is open to the public. A stand for selling Kool Kreations Shaved Ice will be set up in the parking lot between the school and Lions Park. The school’s address is 3351 17th Ave. S.

Proceeds will go to Peyton’s parents, Paige (Spurgeon) and Christian Baron of Grand Forks, to help cover funeral expenses.

Misti Kauffman, president of the school’s parent-teacher organization and parent of a second grader, who first approached David Saxberg, school principal, about hosting a benefit.

Misti and Russ Kauffman, who run the Kool Kreations Shaved Ice business with their kids, “wanted to do something for the family,” said Saxberg, who approved the idea but said he needed to get permission from the family.

“They were very happy for the thought,” he said.

“In the Century community, we try to let everyone know you’re part of us,” said Saxberg. The fundraiser is “a way of showing our care and a way of giving back.”

Saxberg remembers Peyton for “her spunk, her kindness,” he said. She loved life, her family and friends, and being at school, he said.

She also loved working with her favorite paraprofessional, Jana Hensrud, her obituary stated, as well as playing softball, hockey and Nintendo Wii; reading books; riding bike; and being involved in Hope Incorporated events, including its annual fashion show.

Friday’s fundraising event is “for anyone who likes shaved ice and wants to help a good cause,” he said.

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