Highlands Rotary July 4 ‘cook out’ to help fund local’s dental restoration

Join Highlands Rotary Club, Highlands School Interact Club and other members of the community as they support a recent Highlands School graduate, Seth Staffelbach.

If you don’t know Staffelbach by name, chances are you know him either from the Pizza Place or Bryson’s Grocery as the young, polite, efficient young man who took your order, made sure you got your food, and now takes care of you at the Deli at Bryson’s.

However, Staffelbach could use the community’s help with some extensive dental restoration work, due to some asthma treatments he received when he was a child.

Dr. Christopher Dyer, DMD, in Highlands, has generously agreed to complete all the dental work necessary for Staffelbach at a greatly discounted price. Even with that, it is still more than he or his family can afford.

This is where the Rotary and Interact Clubs and our generous, caring community come in. The Rotary Club has agreed to use all the money donated at their Fourth of July Cookout to the Seth Staffelbach Dental Restoration Fund.

Every dollar donated will go to this Fund. You can donate at the Cookout on July 4th in Kelsey Hutchinson Park from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or drop your donation off at First Citizens Bank in Highlands and note that it goes to the Rotary Charities Account for the Seth Staffelbach Dental Restoration Fund.

One of Staffelbach’s teachers described him as someone who “possesses great perseverance, persistence, dedication, motivation, fortitude and accomplishment. He stands out and steals hearts due to his endearing personality and hardworking nature. Seth breaks through barriers and finds ways to succeed.”

During the COVID pandemic and the time that students and teachers were holding virtual classes, Staffelbach would find a way into town to use public wifi or the school’s wifi in the parking lot to attend online classes and communicate with his teachers, because he had poor wifi service at home.

Staffelbach has held jobs since he was a 9th-grader and often when asked what his plans were after school on any given afternoon, he was going to work or home to help his granddad with firewood or other chores around the house.

Staffelbach was chosen twice by his teachers to receive the Rotary Student of the Month recognition. He has also earned academic awards in several of his classes throughout his high school career.

Staffelbach’s future plans include attending a community college that has a fish and wildlife program in hopes of one day becoming a federal game warden.

All of us who know and love Seth want to see this great young man on his way to future successes and we feel this dental work will help him in many ways in the years to come.

Donations can be mailed to:

Highlands Rotary Charities
PO Box 1741
Highlands, NC 28741

By Ann Porter

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