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Page Elementary students adopt toddler with heart condition as their "sparrow"

Page Elementary students adopt toddler with heart condition as their "sparrow"
Allison McGowan

A kickoff assembly got Page Elementary students excited to be a superhero for a young boy adopted as their school's "sparrow."

Sparrow Clubs invites schools to adopt a child with a severe illness or condition as their sparrow. Students complete 300 hours of community service as a school to unlock $3,000 to help the family with medical costs. Community service can be as simple as raking leaves, helping with a neighborhood cleanup or delivering meals to seniors.

18-month-old Ellis is the boy Page students are working to help. Ellis was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and has already undergone multiple surgeries.

Ellis was presented with his very own Page Panthers t-shirt at the assembly to show that he is now one of their own. 

This is the second of three SPS schools scheduled to adopt a sparrow this school year. Earlier this year, Thurston High School introduced their sparrow, a 16-year-old recovering from brain cancer.