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November 21, 2017 05:10 PM

Hats For Gianni: Schools Support ATV Crash Survivor

Harrisburg, SD

An 11-year-old boy is in the hospital with a life-changing brain injury following an ATV crash.

His GoFundMe page says that this injury could leave him with lifelong brain damage. 

Gianni Farinacci is a sixth grader at Harrisburg South Middle School. It's something no 11-year-old can understand, but kids from across the district say they want to help in any way they can. 

The kids at Harrisburg North Middle School have a lesson we can all learn: when life gets hard for one student family, the whole district has their back. 

That's from a bunch of 13 year olds. 

It was Hat Day at Harrisburg North. It's not spirit week. It's for a cause, for a kid, just like them. 

Some rules are meant to be broken. Middle schoolers at Harrisburg North know that better than anyone. 

"Today we have a hat day, where if you make a dollar donation, you get to where a hat." 8th-grader Gevirelle Van Veldhuizen said. 

Hats are normally against the rules, but on Tuesday, they're making a special exception. 

"I was talking to Gianni's dad, and he said that Gianni was a kid who never really liked the rule that you couldn't wear hats at school," Harrisburg North Middle School Principal Micah Fessler said. 

Gianni Farinacci, a Harrisburg 6th grader, is in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury after an ATV crash. 

"He thought it was pretty cool that kids at South and the elementary schools were wearing hats. So we said, 'You know what Gianni, we're going to wear hats for you bud,'" Fessler said. 

These kids say it's about more than the hats. 

"It raises awareness about things that happens in our world. It shows that we care, and that we're not just on the backburner. But that we need to take action and help kids in need," 8th-grader Bennett Geraets said. 

Remember: they're 13-years-old.  

"It's very important. If it happened to you, you would want support from everybody. Even if you didn't know him, you would want all the support you can get. It's just really important to have that support in a time of crisis and need," Van Veldhuizen said. 

Every hat on a head equals a dollar that goes to help Gianni's family with medical costs and other expenses. 

It's a way to teach kids a lesson you can't learn in the classroom: compassion. 

There have been several ways to help donate to Gianni's family set up. 

Donate to the GoFundMe 

Gianni Farinacci Benefit Account
Great Western Bank
5000 S. Louise Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57108

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