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Brandon Students Hold Dance To Help Family With Adoption

February 16, 2014, 9:55 PM by Leland Steva

Brandon Students Hold Dance To Help Family With Adoption
BRANDON, SD -

Jon and Anne Peters are teachers in Brandon, and they were looking to adopt a daughter from Haiti before their dream of a bigger family turned into a nightmare. Now as they try to pick up the pieces, Brandon Students kick-off their shoes as they try to turn that dream into a reality.

Brandon Students piled into a gym and danced the night away. While it looks like a fun time, the event was also helping to change the life of a little girl, thousands of miles away.

This two-year-old named Gracie lives in Haiti. Last year, the Peters family used their savings and donations from friends and family to put together enough money adopt her, but then it all came crashing down.

"We had everything fully paid for to the tune of about $15,000 and found out in November that the agency went corrupt and basically stole all of that so we started over from scratch pretty much," Teacher Jon Peters said.

As the family tries to once again raise the money, the Brandon Student council stepped up to help. Senior Taylor Murtha decided to put together the "Footloose Dance."

"I love dances personally and a lot of my friends do so it's something I feel like a lot of people participate in," Senior Taylor Murtha said.

The dance was to help raise money, and the spirits, of the Peters family.

"We were shocked because they've done a few things in the past and it's just an amazing group of kids that continue to step up for things in the community," Peters said.

Murtha says the students at Brandon are great because they help others in need, no matter who they are.

"Everybody supports everybody. As a school district we really support out teachers and we kind of gather as a family," Murtha said.

The dance raised over $500 and Peters is grateful for everything that the Brandon Community, and its students, have done to help bring Gracie home.

"Extremely humbling to have them choose our family to bless with such kindness," Peters said.

And kindness can make anyone want to dance.

Last year, Jon went down to Haiti to move Gracie into a safer adoption agency in Port-au-Prince.

If you are interested in helping the Peters family you can donate here

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