WESTFIELD, NJ — A well-liked custodian at Westfield High School will be able to provide a wheelchair ramp for his daughter thanks to students’ fundraising efforts.

Westfield High School junior Douglas Manning set up the GoFundMe page for Mario Arana’s 18-year-old daughter. The fundraiser netted $7,138 as of Thursday, far surpassing its initial goal, the page said.

“We have collectively raised [over] $7,000 dollars for Mario’s family, surpassing our original goal/target by almost $2,000 dollars, truly incredible,” Manning told TAPinto Westfield. “I can’t thank everyone enough for coming together and exceeding expectations.”

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Manning said he is honored that he and his fellow students can pay it forward to Arana.

“It feels amazing to help someone who has been so giving of himself in terms of advice and support,” Manning said.

The Westfield Board of Education had recognized Arana in June with the Robert and Linda Foose Memorial Award, named for a former principal and teacher. A letter of nomination for the award had noted Arana’s positive interactions with students.

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh

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