(Editor's Note: This article was submitted to regional media and is printed as it was submitted.) The community of Cherokee, Texas thinks you may be interested in a story about a class of 11 high school seniors who gave away all of their project graduation money (approximately $4000) to defray the cost of a funeral and other expenses for one of their graduating classmates killed in an auto crash on May 6th. Cherokee, Texas is a small town about 90 miles northwest of Austin. The community has about 300 people. About 130 students attend the Kindergarten through 12th grade in our small school. On Sunday morning, May 6th, Payten Vaughn was killed in an auto crash near Cherokee. He was scheduled to graduate May 25th with 11 other students. The students had held fundraisers for four years to fund their Project Graduation party following the graduation ceremony. The seniors met the day of the accident and voted to give all of their money in their Project Graduation account to the Vaughn family. The family did not have life insurance for Payten and could not afford the funeral. Some $1800 went to fund the service and the seniors voted to give the family the balance of the fund so that they could afford to be off work a few more days to grieve.An interesting side note. Five of the eleven remaining graduating seniors are children who are residents at Cherokee Home for Children. This is a residential facility for children who are victims of family distress and needing an alternative place to live during the time of their family crisis.For a majority of these children from the home, their graduation presents would come from Project Graduation. Cherokee is proud of these seniors who put others in front of themselves, even if it meant sacrificing one of the best nights of their life.