Nine-year-old KireanChesser, a third-grader at Madison Heights Elementary, was the one giving gifts on his birthday this fall. After visiting some children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital with his mom, he decided he wanted to do something for the patients.
“I realized they were stuck inside and couldn’t go outside to play,” Kirean shared. “They must get so bored and I told my mom I wanted to do something to help.”
His mother, Jarica Chesser, is a Special Education teacher at Madison Camelview Elementary. She was visiting some of her students that are frequently admitted to the hospital for specialized care. Together they came up with a plan.
“I decided to invite my friends to my birthday party and on the invitation told them I’d be donating their gifts to the kids in the hospital.”
His friends were excited to help and brought more than 30 gifts and toys for Kirean to donate. That’s when things got tough for Kirean. “It wasn’t an easy choice and after the party he asked if he could maybe keep a few of the cool things his friends had given him,” shared mom Jarica.
Ultimately, though Kirean fulfilled the commitment he’d made to his friends and the children at the hospital, donating all 30 of the new gifts. And the sacrifice was worth it.
“When we dropped off all the toys and I realized how many kids and their families would be happy, I felt so good.” Kirean explained. “I knew it was the right thing to do and this turned out to be my best birthday yet.”
Kirean’s selfless act is rubbing off. Recently another friend decided to host a sock drive at her upcoming birthday party after being able positively impact local kids in need through Kirean.
About Madison Elementary School District
For more than 125 years, Madison Elementary School District (Madison Schools) has been one of the top elementary school districts in the state with its eight schools consistently earning high honors. Founded in 1890, Madison Schools serves approximately 5,800 students in the heart of Phoenix from 32nd Street to 7th Avenue and between Indian School and Northern. Five of its schools are in the top 10 Phoenix public elementary schools through AzMerit scores and nearly 50 percent of its students come from outside the District. This means nearly 2,800 families choose a Madison Schools education over their neighborhood school. The district has been recognized locally and nationally for its outstanding “signature” educational programs including the International Baccalaureate program, Spanish Immersion, REACH program, Visual and Performing Arts, Traditional curriculum, and Spanish Fluency, For additional information about Madison Schools, please visit http://www.madisonaz.org/
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