When Kristie Hammer left Avondale Agua Fria High School to become principal at Glendale Cactus she knew who she wanted to bring along with her: Math teacher and junior varsity softball coach Erin Snyder.
“I think what stands out on Erin is she’s completely selfless,” Hammer said. “She’s about other people. She’s passionate about kids, she cares about kids. She would give up her lunch hour for kids or give up her time after school. Whatever they needed, she gave them because she wanted them to be successful.”
Now, it’s Cactus’ turn to help Snyder.
Hammer said Snyder’s spine was severed from a March 18 automobile accident in which a driver going 60 mph rear-ended the car she was a passenger in. Snyder is paralyzed from the neck down, Hammer said, and “will never walk or run or do anything like that again.”
The students at Cactus already have come to Snyder’s aid. A car wash organized by students raised $4,500. Pullano’s Pizza, a restaurant in Glendale, will donate 25 percent of its proceeds on April 7 to Snyder’s care. A golf tournament fundraiser is being held at Coldwater Golf Club in Avondale on May 22.
The softball team is selling “For Erin Snyder” heart-shaped stickers, and when Cactus played Mesa Red Mountain recently, the Red Mountain junior varsity team wore Cactus blue ribbons in their hair for Snyder.
But more help is needed. A GoFundMe account has been set up and, as of Monday morning, more than $28,000 has been raised.
The “selfless” Snyder might hate the fact so much is being done for her. But after all she’s done for kids, it’s the least anyone can do.