Friends and Teachers Push for Scholarship to Honor Townview Student Fatally Struck By Car

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Just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, 16-year-old Jerry Nguyen stepped out of a friend's Volkswagen Beetle in front of Bryan Adams High school to wait for his bus. He was struck and killed a few moments later as the car was executing a U-turn.

Nguyen studied science and engineering at Dallas ISD's Townview Magnet, where his friendly nature apparently made an impression on friends and teachers. They launched an online fundraiser on Wednesday night to help the family with funeral costs and other expenses.

It took less than a day to reach their $10,000 goal, thanks in large part to Todd Williams, the executive director of Commit!, a non-profit aimed at boosting school achievement.

"I am so very, very sorry for your loss," he wrote in a note accompanying his $5,189 donation, which let the drive hit its goal. "Bryan Adams is my alma mater and I hope the successful raise of this fund enables others to know that some good came from this very tragic event."

Rather than leave things there, however, organizers have upped their goal to $25,000 in hopes of setting up a scholarship in Nguyen's name. They are accepting donations here.

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bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

The fund-raising is being managed by YouCaring.com.  Instead of charging a fee to the charity, they collect and use the personal information of donors.

They don't charge anything, and get all of their money from a sponsor they won't name.  That sponsor, in turn, is allowed to mine the site for all the private information they want, and to use it or resell it as they wish.

The more legitimate way to do a memorial fund-raiser is to contact your local bank.  They have resources for just such projects and are more familiar with the local community, and will help you remain compliant with tax laws.

If you just use YouCaring.com, you'll end up having to pay taxes on all the money collected as if it were your own, personal income.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Will the scholarship include special tutoring in "look both ways before crossing? "

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Well, there you go. Isn't a big LIE and a scam a bit worse than sarcasm as a memorial?

Glad to be of service.

MirandaJ
MirandaJ

@ozonelarryb You don't need to be a sarcastic smartass. A child just passed away. Give some respect. 

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Thank you for yor support. His death is sad, but you must agree with me on the utter banality of the circumstances. Becket, camus, and Sartre have new material.

Also, the kids there will tell you it's a dodge em game every day...

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@MirandaJ @ozonelarryb 

Everyone mourns in their own way.

Not everyone wants to be miserable, or wants people to be miserable for them.  Some of us would rather leave laughter and love in our wake.

Respect that.

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