Ella Turner, 8, loved being a big sister to Colby, even when she was sick.
Colby suffered from geleophysic dysplasia, a strange sounding name even for adults. Neil Turner, Ella’s dad, told her that Colby’s heart was very sick. She died at age 2.
One day after school, when Ella was a kindergartner, school let out and she came home with a huge smile beneath her head of red hair and ran toward her dad.
“Daddy, we are going to raise money for people with bad hearts and I want to raise $1,000 at least. Probably more!” she exclaimed. “They are going to send home information on Thursday and we watched a video and it helps people with bad hearts.”
In her first American Heart Association campaign as a kindergartner, Ella set a goal of $1,000. She raised more than $5,500. Last year, she raised more than $11,000.
Ella’s proud father said out of the millions of kids who participate in Jump Rope for Heart, she ranked No. 2 in the entire nation. In addition to the money raised, she also became a “heart ambassador” and has been involved with several additional activities including numerous speaking engagements, appearing in a promotional video, appearing in the annual report and helping kickoff other American Heart Association events.
This year, the Centennial Elementary student has set her biggest goal. She is seeking support from 1,000 donors, four times her goal from the previous year. The fundraising dynamo has even made her own business card. On one side it says: “Ella Turner 2nd Grader Saves Hearts.”
On the other side, Ella explains the need beside an image of herself holding a photograph of little Colby. She read the words, “I raise money to help kids with sick hearts in memory of my little sister, Colby. Please see more of my story and help me help other kids.” The card also advertises www.EllaJumps.com, which has more information about Ella’s fundraising effort.
Part of her challenge is her family moved to Edmond about a month ago.
“We’ve only lived in Edmond for about four weeks, so she doesn’t have an established network of local support here,” Neil Turner said. “But the short time we have been here, everyone has been so welcoming and helpful. We can already tell this is going to be a great community to call home.”
Ella said she likes to think of Colby, how happy her little sister was.
“Like my mom said I made her laugh the most and the hardest,” Ella said. “She was really cute.”
So far, Ella has about 90 donors and more than $4,500 in online support. Ella said sometimes people donate in the memory of a loved one who had heart disease. Helping others gives her a sense of satisfaction.
“It makes me feel like I’m doing good and I’m going to help a lot of kids,” she said.
For more information about the American Heart Association, visit www.heart.org. At www.EllaJumps.com, you can read about Ella’s past campaigns, more about her current one and find links to her donation and Facebook pages.
If you are in Edmond, be on the lookout for a smiling 8-year-old redhead handing out her business card and on a mission to save hearts.
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Ella Turner, 8, loved being a big sister to Colby, even when she was sick.
Helping those who are overlooked
With a projected cost of $4.2 million for a new Men’s Center at the City Rescue Mission, Edmond Memorial High School students are hoping they can raise enough money to complete the project.
The student-led Swine Week goal is $375,000 for Memorial’s annual fundraiser, which ends March 14.
Each year for the past 28 years, Memorial students have taken to the streets, completed dares, held assemblies, silent auctions, custom car shows and contacted businesses and residents in order to raise mounder way.
“Whenever the City Rescue Mission presented to the Student Council we saw how they help families and we realized that if we ever have to find a place to stay there is one,” Ball said. “If we meet our goal we realize that we will impact the honey for Swine Week.
Registration open for OU Sooner Flight Academy summer camps
The OU Sooner Flight Academy, an aviation education program provided through the University of Oklahoma Department of Aviation and University Outreach, has begun registration for its five-day, hands-on youth summer flight camps.
Piedmont High School’s D.U.C.K. Week adds Junk/Craft Show to raise funds for families
Piedmont High School has added a Junk/Craft Show to its 11th annual D.U.C.K. (Doing Unselfish Charities for Kids) Week calendar. The junk show will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday and will kick off the weeklong, community-wide fundraising event.
Speech-language pathology program at Central seeks reaccreditation
The speech-language pathology master’s program at the University of Central Oklahoma has applied for continued accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
In accordance with the organization’s policies and procedures, the CAA is seeking public comment as part of its review of the program. Comments on the program, including that of alumni, clinic patrons, employers, graduates of the program and the public, will be heard in a meeting from 4:30-5:30 p.m. March 31 in the College of Education and Professional Studies Building, Room 106 on Central’s campus.
Upcoming statewide events on the campus of OSS
The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathmetics’ Sneak Peek for eighth and ninth grade students will be from 1-3 p.m. March 29 in the Dan Little Residence Hall on the OSSM campus, 1141 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City.
Freedom Project Education enrolls first two students
The Freedom Project Education offered by Liberty Christian Academy has two enrollees. Mary Reyes and Joshua McCoy will be enrolled as seventh-graders in the on-line classical curriculum. It is an interactive virtual classroom.
Fine art auction to benefit OCCC
Dali, Matisse, Miro, Munier and Rembrandt are some of the most influential and prominent names in the art world, but they are just a small sampling of some of the pieces that will be for sale at the upcoming fine art, antiques and memorabilia auction at Oklahoma City Community College.
The Oklahoma City Community College Foundation is hosting the auction of more than 350 pieces on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the Inasmuch Foundation Gallery. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the foundation. The art is being auctioned off by a local dealer.
Washington Irving students decorate grocery sacks
Washington Irving Elementary School fourth and fifth graders put in practice what they have been studying about building good character.
UCO design students dominate ADDY awards
The University of Central Oklahoma Department of Design once again dominated the student categories at the 2014 Oklahoma City ADDY Awards, with 31 Central graphic design students winning a total of 90 awards, more than any other university in the competition. Of those awards, 24 were gold, 34 silver and 30 bronze. The university also won the coveted “Braggy” award, given to the university with the most student winners, and Central design major Ivan Caro won “Best in Show” for his packaging design “Della Terra Fina Pasta.”
“The Department of Design is so proud of every single one of our student winners,” said Amy Johnson, of the UCO Department of Design.
Teachers, students brace for read-or-fail
Third-Grade Reading Test Results
The percentage of students statewide who scored unsatisfactory on the reading portion of the annual Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test has remained flat in recent years.
2009 — 14 percent, or 6,698 students failed, out of 47,395 students
2010 — 12 percent, or 5,901 students failed, out of 48,209 students
2011 — 12 percent, or 5,858 students failed out of 48,611 students
2012 — 11 percent, or 5,457 students failed out of 48,060 students
2013 — 12 percent, or 6,018 students failed out of 49,720 students
Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education
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