Trenton School Kids Help Make Dying Boy's Christmas Wish Come True

One nine-year-old boy's Christmas wish will come true this year thanks to people from all over the country, including some students right here in North Dakota.


9-year-old Jacob Thompson from Portland, Maine has terminal cancer.
Thompson's dying wish?
Christmas cards. He plans to celebrate the holiday early this year.


"I think what's inspirational about what Jacob is doing is he's putting out a message of even though I'm going through a really hard time and my life is going to end soon, I want to make life better for everyone else. And that's a great message for our kids," says Steve Morben, the 7th-12th grade principal at Trenton Public School. 

Third grade students at the school were more than happy to make Thompson's Christmas wish come true.


"He looks like the friendliest person ever and I'm thankful for him," says student Megan Clarys. 

"I said I hope you get super well and I hope you make it and then I gave him a dollar," says Jay Al Lynn. 

"I felt good that I was doing it and it would help him get happy again," says third grader, Alayna Longie. 

The cards were shipped in boxes decorated with penguins-Thompson's favorite animal.
The classroom activity taught lessons to the students-


"To care for people instead of just yourself," says Grayson Goeb.

And also opened up deeper conversations-
about why someone so young would be taken so soon.


"I don't really like when people have to pass away. It's just hard for me so that's why I'm putting a little prayer in there for him," says Clarys. 


The students hope the goodwill gesture will make Jacob's Christmas a little brighter.
And that he'll be touched by the messages of encouragement he receives.
Just as his courageous spirit has touched the lives of so many. 

Thompson's motto is "Live Like a Penguin, which his mom said in an interview with Good Housekeeping means to "be friendly, stand by each other, go the extra mile, jump into life, and be cool."


Principal Morben says the school plans to put posters with that motto in the school hallways. 


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