Newark Elementary raises more than $850 in local fundraiser

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.

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