HUBER HEIGHTS — On Tuesday afternoon, students at Wayne High School gave an area family a reason to be thankful as the Wayne Jr. Cabinet presented a $1000 check for Special Wish to assist youngster Jerome Wyatt Jr. of ‘Springfield with a visit to Disney World.
Ashley Mcelroy, Jerome’s mother, said she was “very happy” with the presentation.
“It’s a good experience for him and I just feel blessed…,’ said Mcelroy, who indicated that Jerome loves SpongeBob Squarepants and that he will have fun at Disney World. She said Jerome was “really smart” for his age
Jerome was born two months premature and spent eight months at Dayton Children’s Hospital before Mcelroy was able to bring her child home.
He used to have a G-tube and was on a vent 24-7, but now he just has a trach and hopefully it will come out before he turns four maybe,” said Mcelroy. “He’ll be three in February. But, he’s come a long ways.”
Wayne Jr. Cabinet Co-Advisor Robyn Carter indicated this is the 25th year that Wayne has raised funds for Special Wish.
“The tradition lives on — our community outreach,” she said. “The kids love it.”
Part of the event was a volleyball game between Wayne students and staff. According to Carter, the six top collectors of donations for the boys and the top six for the girls earned the right to play in the game against staff members.
“We love Jerome,” said Carter.
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