As 7-year-old Lamere Johnson readied to get a heart transplant, his classmates began selling paper hearts for $1 each, to go toward food, travel and any expenses needed for when Lamere receives his new heart. Teaching assistant Makinzie Corley cuts 200-400 paper hearts each day, and fifth-graders bring them around school every morning for anyone who'd like to buy a heart for Lamere. "We wanted to get our kids involved and, at the same time, give back to Lamere and his family, because they're so precious to us," Corley said. "As a community and as a school, we want to make sure that this family is prepared for when the doctor calls and says, 'Hey, we've got a heart for him.'" So far, the school community -- including middle and high school students -- have collected $2,000 for Lamere, who had three open heart surgeries in his first three years of life. A spunky, loving spirit, his mother, Contessa Culbreath, said, "Lamere has been excited since he found out he's going to get a new heart. Me, as his mom, I cry, I'm upset. He said, 'Mom, I'm going to get a new heart so I can play football.'"

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