"Change" for a Change 

Kai, is one of our amazing students! Please see his family story below. 
 
Stacy Family Custom Van Project

Having one child with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a progressive and muscle degenerative disease, is devastating.  Now, multiply that by three and you have the Stacy family of Norco, CA.   Bill and Kelly Stacy are hard- working and loving parents to four boys.  Bill is a teacher and coach in the Corona-Norco Unified School District.  Kelly is a very busy stay-at-home mom.
 
Wil (18) is the oldest of the Stacy’s four boys.  Wil does not have Muscular Dystrophy. He is a tremendous support to his family and willing role model for his three younger brothers.  Wil graduated from Santiago High School in Corona, CA and is currently a college freshman.

Elijah (13) was diagnosed with DMD at age 7, shortly after his youngest brother, Kai, was born.  Elijah attends El Cerrito Middle School in Corona, CA.  He loves wheelchair basketball, achieves excellent grades, and demonstrates leadership qualities.

Max (10) suffered a stroke during open heart surgery at 3 months of age.  He was left blind and physically and cognitively impaired.  Therefore, his diagnosis of DMD was not confirmed until recently.  Max loves music and attending his special school (Victress Bower) for children with multiple handicaps.  Max lives at home and requires full care 24/7.  He is confined to a wheelchair for mobility purposes.

Kai (7) attends first grade at Sierra Vista Elementary School in Norco, CA.  He wants to follow his friends and classmates.  However, the early signs of DMD (enlarged calf muscles, walking on tip toes, and over-all muscle weakness) often prevent him from keeping up and/or participating in physical activities with his peers.

Currently, the Stacy family transports their family in their 2007 Yukon-XL.  They place Max in his custom car seat and then fold and store his wheelchair in the rear of the vehicle.   Next they lift Elijah into a middle seat and load his power chair onto a lift/ramp on the back of the Yukon.  It is getting increasingly more difficult for one adult to lift and transfer Elijah.  Currently, Kai requires minimal assistance getting into his car seat.  However, in the near future, he will also require a power chair for mobility.

SO THE GOAL OF THIS PROJECT IS TO RAISE FUNDS TO ALLOW THE STACY FAMILY TO PURCHASE A CUSTOM VAN.  IT WILL NEED TO INCLUDE SEATING FOR THE DRIVER PLUS 2-3 PASSENGERS.  IN ADDITION, IT WILL NEED A LOADING RAMP AND SPOTS WITHIN THE VAN TO ANCHOR 1 WHEELCHAIR AND 2 POWER CHAIRS.  THE COST OF THIS PROJECT WILL BE APPROXIMATELY  $100,000.  NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL!

TOGETHER,  AS A COMMUNITY, WE CAN DO THIS!

                            PLEASE OPEN YOUR HEARTS
                                     AND DONATE TODAY
 
 Click on the link to donate: www.gofundme.com/gff72s 
 
Sierra Vista will be running it's "Change" for a Change Drive until December 17th. 
Please donate all loose change to the Stacy Family by bringing in your change to the classroom teacher or front office! 
 
 
 

 

The Sierra Vista Cougar Cubs would like to take you on a scenic tour of our wonderful school…

As you drive down Corona Avenue, in the heart of Norco, you may have to slow down and wait for the rooster, chicken and the new babies to cross the road.  When you pull into our driveway and step out of your car you will be greeted by our family of goats who reside on the hill at the edge of our campus.  The friendly smiles of our 530 students, their parents and our 48 staff will impart a warm feeling as you make your way onto campus. 

If you arrive in the morning, you will see our students out on the playground running laps for the 100 Mile Club, a program which encourages students to stay active both physically and mentally.  The children receive a stick for each lap they run, with the goal of receiving a T-shirt at 25 miles and ultimately, a gold medal for running 100 miles over the course of the school year.

As you tour classrooms, you will be welcomed by a Greeter who will tell you a little about what the class is learning and even give you a short tour of the room if you want.  In each room you will find a focus on engaging students through the concepts of “Learning Together” and “Personal Response.”  Students are provided opportunities to work cooperatively during lessons and connect the new learning to what they already know.  Products of student work are proudly displayed on the walls and they are eager to show you their work and tell you what they learned while doing the activity.

As morning turns into afternoon you will find some of our A.M. kinders still at school, busy practicing speaking, listening, reading and writing in English.  They are being taught by our English Language Specialist who is certified to focus specifically on the needs of these students.  Working in a print rich environment, they are immersed in English through stories, guided reading and writing activities which give them time to practice their sight words and grammar.

After dismissal, about 100 students make their way to the playground to sign-in for the after school program.  They have a stretch break, snack and then spend time in small groups working on homework with their after school tutor.  On Mondays and Wednesdays, language arts practice is built into the program and Tuesdays and Thursdays are math days.  On Fridays you will see these students engaged in art projects, cooking and other fun, hands-on activities which serve as enrichment for them.

We know that all children love their school and at Sierra Vista, we do too.  We love the rural setting and the friendly community that surrounds our campus.  Our goats and horses make our school a unique and wonderful place to learn and grow.  We invite you to come, visit and take in all of the qualities that make Sierra Vista unique.

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