STERLING - On a mission to offer support and raise some quick dough, faculty, staff, students, and members of the community donned their aprons and took to their kitchens to whip up some baked goods last week. After organizing a bake sale to benefit the Lemons family, various cakes, cookies, cupcakes, cobblers and other sweet treats were prepared and donated to Sterling Public Schools on Oct. 2, ready for sale.

SPS Superintendent Kent Lemons was severely injured during a bicycle accident on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 25. Kent reportedly sustained a broken C1, C3 and C4 vertebrae from the accident and suffered from Central Cord Syndrome caused by the trauma to his spinal cord. “As soon as the accident happened, people started reaching out to me to see what we could do as a school and community to help the Lemons,” said Ronita Bridges, SPS Superintendent Secretary. “Mrs. Ginger Seibold, Mrs. Sandy Fehring and myself tossed around a few ideas and decided the quickest, easiest and most benefit financially would be for the school to host a bake sale for the Lemons family.” The community rallied together and 19 delicious donated desserts launched an online bidding war on the Sterling Schools Facebook page. The highest selling item was Mary Wright’s Fresh Apple Blossom Cake which sold for $150 to the First National Bank of Fletcher. Bringing in the second-highest price was Rhonda Brantley’s Cherry Cobbler, which sold to Debbie McDonald, of Elgin, for $135.

“It was a fun and crazy day! The total raised by the online auction and the bake sales at the elementary and the high school was $3,200,” Ronita said. “Amazing! This all happened in a matter of hours after his accident.” “The really cool part is that we had people supporting us with baked goods or online bidding from several surrounding communities including Elgin, Fletcher, Central High, Cyril, and Sterling.” Since having surgery last week, Kent has reportedly been moved from the trauma unit into a regular room at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and may soon be moved to Jim Thorpe to begin therapy. “He is making great improvements,” said Ronita. “Mr. Lemons’ family is so appreciative of the love and prayers that they have received from everyone.”