Taking Flight: Soaring with Support

Ashland, Ore. — Almost exactly a year after discovering a brain tumor, an Ashland Middle School student is getting some extra support.  That support is coming from Alex Shepherd’s own classmates. Ashland Middle School students adopted Alex as their sparrow this month.  Alex said, “It feels like an honor and a blessing to have all … Continue reading »

Taking Flight: Hope Behind Bars

Grants Pass, Ore. — For the first time ever, Sparrow Clubs is reaching an unlikely group of students.  The students are inmates with the Oregon Youth Authority. A 2-year-old is sharing strength with young men at least six times her age.  Her name is Liliana Maupin and she is Newbridge High School’s sparrow.  She has … Continue reading »

Taking Flight: Soaring on Stage

Medford, Ore. — A toddler who doctors said would never walk is doing that and much more.  In fact, she’s performing in a talent show. Logos Charter School adopted Lila Gridley as their Sparrow.  The toddler has spina bifida.  After her first surgery at six months old doctors said not only would dancing be unlikely, … Continue reading »

Taking Flight: What Money Can’t Buy

Eagle Point, Ore. —   As a student teller for Rogue Credit Union’s Eagle Point High School student branch, Jourden Ellison is used to dealing with money.  Now she’s using money to do some good for her school’s Sparrow, “He is very close to all of our hearts.  He was just a normal kid a couple … Continue reading »

Taking Flight: A Second Fight

MEDFORD, Ore. — North Medford High School students always fight for their sparrows.  Three years ago, that’s exactly what they did for 4-year-old Jared Ramirez-Ponce. At the time Jared was battling a rare form of childhood cancer.  Within a year and a half of his diagnosis he went into remission.  But his dad, Juan Ramirez, … Continue reading »

Taking Flight: Picture Perfect Smile

MEDFORD, Ore. – A good photo means capturing that smile. Tim Tidball is taking pictures of the happy moments, because of the hard ones. “It helps tell their story, it shows what these kids are going through,” Tidball said. Since 2010, Tim has taken photos of the children adopted as sparrows. The pictures are used … Continue reading »

Taking Flight: Sparrow Clubs Hire Mom

MEDFORD, Ore. — On the first day on the job, Lindsey Lahr is learning the ropes. As “assistant to the Oregon Director of Sparrow Clubs,” Lindsey will be talking to families, sponsors, writing grants and making videos. Lindsey’s involvement in the organization isn’t new, but last time it was her child’s name on the list … Continue reading »

Taking Flight: Art for Sparrows

Medford, Ore. — Rogue Valley artists are working to perfect their craft with an artist you may recognize from PBS, Stefan Baumann.  Among the 20 artists, is actress Adrienne King. The local group of artists, called the “Grand View Fine Arts Society” held its first exhibition over the weekend to benefit Southern Oregon Sparrow Clubs. … Continue reading »

Taking Flight: Soaring Success

MEDFORD, Ore. — The school year has wrapped up and more than a dozen local schools have wrapped up a school year of service. In just a school year’s time, students did more than 12,000 hours of community service. Through sponsored community service and fundraising events 16 local schools raised nearly $80,000 for children dealing … Continue reading »

Taking Flight: Friends Flocking Together

Medford, Ore. — Making friends in elementary school isn’t always easy, especially if a child stands out. That was the case for Angelica Sanchez. That is, until Sparrow Clubs stepped in. Angelica said, “I’ve been through a lot of stuff.” That “stuff” started when she was just a baby. Angelica was born with only one … Continue reading »

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