IPS School 39 'adopts' ill home-schooled girl, her family for a year

IPS 39 participates in 'Sparrow Club' program

INDIANAPOLIS - Students at IPS School 39 finally met their “sparrow” Thursday, and their sparrow got to see and thank all the people who are working for her.

"I would just say thank you from the bottom of my heart. They don't know how much it means to me," said the sparrow.

It was all part of a national program called Sparrow Clubs. 

In this national program, a school adopts a chronically sick child and her family for one year. 

Along with a community sponsor, students help raise money for the family to help cover their medical and living expenses. 

“Not only is it great for the family but also great for the kids, because they really learn about how great it is to give to others," explained Mark Thornton, the executive director for Sparrow Clubs of Indiana.

IPS School 39 is the first school in Indiana to become part of the national Sparrow Club initiative. 

Stonegate Mortgage Company, the community partner for this Sparrow Club, has donated more than $2,500 dollars.

Eleven-year-old Makyla Livers is the school’s sparrow.

"My reaction was like oh my gosh. Yeah, I was excited," Livers said.

Although Livers is home-schooled and does not attend School 39, she is now part of them.  And Thursday, she shared her story with the students.

“My illness is immune deficiency disorder –- low T cells, liver failure, kidney failure, and many more they don’t know,” she said, “It’s difficult. I have my days, but I know out there, there are kids that are worse than me.”

"It's pretty sad, but then again it's happy because we're trying to help her going through the process," explained IPS School 39 7th-grader Nathan Rawley.

"I am really excited to help them because I haven't been able to help someone not in my family or close friends, so it feels really good to help them," added Dakota McDonald, a 7th-grader at IPS School 39.

"It makes me feel like I'm not alone. Everyone out there is fighting for me," said Livers.

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