Taking Flight: Language of Love

MEDFORD, Ore.– Kennedy Elementary School is rallying around their new sparrow. The school adopted their sparrow this month, a girl who many of them already knew. Eight year old Jimena Moreno is new to Oregon and that means she’s the new girl at Kennedy Elementary. But still, her classmates are taking her in, and helping … Continue reading »

Taking Flight: Students Welcome Sparrow

Central Point, Ore. – Crater High School students are saying goodbye to one sparrow as they welcome another. The school started its assembly with great news from its 2013-2014 sparrow.  Maidson Branaugh announced, “My tumors are getting better.” The news comes after the 6-year-old spent the last year on a chemo drug to reduce the tumors … Continue reading »

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 »

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