Newark Elementary raises more than $850 in local fundraiser - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Newark Elementary raises more than $850 in local fundraiser

NEWARK, AR (KAIT) -

Newark Elementary School raised $859 for a local baby girl with a rare form of cancer.

Every year Newark Elementary hosts the Wolf Walk where students walk around the school every morning. When the students make a lap, they drop change in the collection bucket.

Student raise the money for a local cause each year and this year the money went Kenli Johnson’s family.

Kenli’s mother is a Cedar Ridge graduate, so coordinator Carol Woods decided the local family from the Oil Through area would be a great recipient of the donations. 

Kenli was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called retinoblastoma, which is a rare malignant tumor of the retina.

She has already lost one of her eyes and doctors at St. Jude are working to save the other.

Kenli’s family spends a lot of time at St. Jude’s, so Newark Elementary presented the money to help with travel and staying expenses.

Before the fundraiser, Kenli and her family stopped by the school to visit with students and answer any questions.

The kids really connected with the baby and her family, causing this year fundraiser to be a huge success.

“In the past we have raised quite a bit and this is one of our larger amounts that has been raised,” Principal Kathy Magness said. “I think everybody just wanted to see this baby just get the best care she could get.”

Magness said it is important for the students to realize the power of giving back, especially in their own community.

The school spent two weeks collecting the money.

Copyright 2015 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Restaurants benefit after Thanksgiving despite leftovers

    Restaurants benefit after Thanksgiving despite leftovers

    Friday, November 24 2017 6:44 PM EST2017-11-24 23:44:14 GMT
    Friday, November 24 2017 6:54 PM EST2017-11-24 23:54:06 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Retail stores are not the only establishments benefiting from Black Friday sales. Restaurants also see an increase in business.

    Retail stores are not the only establishments benefiting from Black Friday sales. Restaurants also see an increase in business.

  • Residents hit the gym after Thanksgiving

    Residents hit the gym after Thanksgiving

    Friday, November 24 2017 6:25 PM EST2017-11-24 23:25:32 GMT
    Friday, November 24 2017 6:47 PM EST2017-11-24 23:47:03 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    When families are finished with their Thanksgiving meals, some tend to exercise the extra calories off immediately which means good business for local gyms.

    When families are finished with their Thanksgiving meals, some tend to exercise the extra calories off immediately which means good business for local gyms.

  • Agape House collects toys for Christmas

    Agape House collects toys for Christmas

    Friday, November 24 2017 6:12 PM EST2017-11-24 23:12:16 GMT
    Friday, November 24 2017 6:37 PM EST2017-11-24 23:37:16 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Agape House held a toy drive in Jonesboro and Paragould Friday so their children can receive a gift from their mom.

    The Agape House held a toy drive in Jonesboro and Paragould Friday so their children can receive a gift from their mom.

Powered by Frankly