Pony up for Petzold


Patsy Petzold, left, is described as a ray of sunshine by fellow FOCUS room teacher Dana Steinwart, right.

About two weeks ago, 34-year-old Focus teacher Patsy Petzold was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. Petzold, who has been teaching at North for three years, has brought care and hope to the Focus room.

In a matter of days, students had rallied in support for Mrs. Petzold and her family.  Leadership class organized an assembly during which students volunteered to donate their hair to Locks of Love and students from all grades made signs expressing their well wishes.

To further support Mrs. Petzold, The North Star newspaper is organizing a change drive to help with extra expenses for her family.  She is married and has three young children.

On Tuesday, March 26, newspaper staff members collect money and gift cards during fifth hour for the Pony Up for Petzold fund. Checks can be made payable to Blue Valley North and donation jars will be placed in room 411 and the office throughout the remainder of the year.

Students may also visit Mrs. Petzold’s Caring Bridge website at caringbridge.org/visit/patsypetzold to hear updates on her treatment and write words of encouragement on her guestbook.