Community rallies around Wake Forest teacher battling health issues

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WNCN) – Her students call her an inspiration in the classroom but this year, health problems have forced a beloved Wake Forest High School teacher to spend more time getting medical treatment than in school.

Now students and the community are stepping up to help.

Students in Wake Forest have learned more than Social Studies from Laura Hartman.

Student, Hannah Snow described her as “a teacher, a mentor. For me she’s always been a very special person probably the kindest heart I know.”

“She’s so much more than a teacher,” added Jules Micchia. “If you were having a personal problem, home problem, something was wrong at school, she was a counselor, she was a teacher, she was a mom she was a friend.”

Jack Noble said he used to eat lunch in her classroom because he didn’t know anyone when he first started school.

“Miss Hartman became one of my only friends,” he said.

She’s made a huge impact on her students’ lives. Now, it’s their turn to impact hers.

Serious health problems have forced Hartman to spend months away from her classroom at Wake Forest High School, but current and former students along with community members are doing what they can to help her pay her medical bills.

They started a GoFundMe page and raised more than $7,000 in just four days.

“You’ll see broke college students giving $10, $15, $20 just because she made that much of a difference,” Micchia pointed out.

It’s all thanks to a generosity of spirit they learned from their teacher.

“She has such a heart of gold, really, so we wanted to give back to her everything that she’s given to us,” said Hannah Snow.

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