The first graders at Immaculate Conception Catholic School have been busy learning their math facts and beginning to read, but this first month of school has also taught them the life lesson of compassion and understanding.
Mrs. Rita McNutt’s first grade class recently visited the Ida Rupp Public Library. During this visit, the class enjoyed a story called “A Case for Adventure” by Katie Kerr. The book tells a tale of George, who is in the hospital. His days are long and he wishes for a life that he has temporarily had to put on hold due to illness. A lady gifts George with a pillowcase with a jungle scene. Suddenly, George finds himself riding an elephant and exploring the jungle. Everyday thereafter for a week, a new pillowcase and new adventure is given to George. This true story has led to the formation of the Pillowcase Project which has provided more than 210,000 pillowcases to sick children.
Kayden Shrader, a first grader in the class, and his sister Emma, a third grader, know all too well how hard it is to have someone close to you fighting a serious illness and sidelined from normal life. Theirs cousin, Devin Kohlman, is a 12 year old who attends Port Clinton Middle School boy and loves sports, video games, dogs, and hanging out with friends. Devin has a brain tumor and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Devin longs to get back on the football field, but his treatments are expected to take over a year.
The story from the library gave the first graders an idea on how to make Devin’s life a little brighter. With the help of Mrs. McNutt, the class began sewing and creating a variety of differently themed pillow cases for Devin. The entire school and the faculty also sponsored a “Buck a Jeans” Day where the students were encouraged to dress “down” for the day in exchange for a donation to Devin and his family to offset the cost of medical bills. The class sent the pillowcases off to Devin with plenty of well wishes and prayers.
Immaculate Conception Catholic School is accepting donations for the Kohlman family. Contact the school office at 419.734.3315.