Taking Flight: Legacy of Sparrow Clubs

MEDFORD, Ore.–  This year, Sparrow Clubs in Oregon is expanding by adding another director to launch clubs year-round in Central Oregon. The new hire made his way to Southern Oregon for training, but he has already taken flight. The new director, Michael Leeland, told the students at North Medford, “I am here to empower you, … Continue reading »

Taking Flight: Soaring with a Smile

Medford, Ore. — As several schools prepare to adopt new Sparrows for the school year, one North Medford High School student will be adopted by her peers. Hailey Maddox will be adopted as her school’s Sparrow.  The 15-year-old is fighting a rare cancer.  In January, doctors found it in her knee, lymph nodes and lungs. … Continue reading »

Taking Flight: Cookie Support

Ashland, Ore. — The school year has wrapped up, but not without helping another sparrow child.  Bellview Elementary students raised thousands of dollars for their classmate and sparrow with a cookie fundraiser. Luke Laurenson has cerebral palsy.  His mom, Jane Hogan, said doctors didn’t expect him to accomplish much in his lifetime, “They thought it … Continue reading »

Taking Flight: Fight for a Sparrow

Medford, Ore. — South Medford High School hosted a USA Boxing Sanctioned event for its Sparrow.  The event was organized by Valor coach, Todd Beck to benefit sparrow, Isaiah Harris. To start off the boxing event Isaiah showed off some of his fighting skills in the ring, but it’s a different fight putting him in … Continue reading »

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 »

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