Students at Corner Brook Regional High are putting on a show to help out the family of a former student injured in an ATV crash in November.
Marcel Janes, 19, has been unconscious in hospital in St. John's since suffering a major head injury.
On Wednesday evening, students and teachers have planned a Christmas coffee house fundraiser concert at the school for the Janes family.
"Knowing the inner workings and the struggles that are going on with having to [go] back and forth to St. John's and medical help and everything else," said Floyd Thomas, the school's music teacher. "We thought that this would be a good opportunity to kind of share a bit of Christmas spirit and put a bit of happiness into a family that's really having a tough time right now."
"If we can just make life more comfortable for him and his family that's really our goal," added Grade 12 student Dylan Thomas.
Teen pinned under ATV
On Nov. 14, Janes was a passenger on a side-by-side ATV when it rolled over. Janes was pinned under the machine, his skull was crushed, and the left side of his brain was damaged.
He was not strapped into the machine, and he was not wearing a helmet. The two other teens on the machine were treated for less serious injuries.
Wednesday night's show will feature the high school house band, choir and jazz band. Organizers said the event is open to everyone for a minimum donation of five dollars.
The Corner Brook Regional High school community has had a heartbreaking few months. In addition to Janes' injury, two of the school's students were killed in separate car collisions.
"It's been a hard year. I've been teaching for 28 years and this has been one of the rougher ones," said Floyd Thomas.
By organizing the concert, the students have been hoping to bring some light to an otherwise dark school year.
"We are hoping to have a lot of support here and good atmosphere," said student Erika Penney. "It's good, upbeat music and Christmas songs. So we hope everyone will enjoy it."
The doors at the school open for coffee and cookies at 7 p.m., and the concert starts at 8 p.m.