GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Students at River's Edge Academy Charter School (REACH) met their new Sparrow at an all-school assembly on Tuesday. Sparrow Clubs pairs the students of local schools with children in medical need.
4-year-old Scarlett R. has suffered from the genetic condition "15q13.3 microdeletion syndrome" since birth — meaning that she is missing several chromosomes vital to keeping her body functioning properly. Scarlett frequently suffers from seizures because of the condition.
REACH students will volunteer their time to perform community service in order to raise money for Scarlett's medical care. Among them is Scarlett's sister, who is a third grader at REACH.
"Sparrow Clubs exist to set the stage for simple, yet heroic, acts of kindness in schools and youth culture by empowering kids to help kids in medical need," REACH said in a statement.
Sparrow Clubs hopes to raise enough money to guy Scarlett a seizure dog to help her through the worst moments of her condition.