Sartell Students Rally Community For Local Youngster [Video]
SARTELL - Keep an eye out this summer for a Kitty-kat golf kart roaming around the trails in Sartell.
The golf cart was the wish of a incredible young boy named Jackson Stewart. He is being granted his wish by the efforts of students at Sartell High School and the Make A Wish Foundation.
Young Jackson was chosen when the students learned that he had a genetic disorder called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
In order to raise money for Jackson and Make-A-Wish, the Sartell Student Council and NHS held Funfest at Sartell High School on Saturday. Funfest had a carnival atmosphere with games for kids and a silent auction with items donated from local businesses and people.
The student's goal was to raise $15,000 to grant a wish for Jackson and another child that has not been chosen yet in Minnesota. Before the event the students had raised $13,700.
The money has been from fundraisers in the community. Many in Sartell have been impressed with the drive to make a difference these students have shown
Sartell Senior and Student Council Member Jaren Martin, says the student council is just as impressed with the community coming to help one of its own.
"I'm really proud of the community involvement, just how the community came together. We weren't entirely sure how well this was going to go. So we were curios to see how the community was going to come together for Make-A-Wish and they (Sartell) went above and beyond."
The Stewart family was grateful for the way the community helped them grant Jackson's wish.
"Its just meant so much to see everyone supporting Jackson whether they know him or not. It's heartwarming when people who don't know you are contributing and supporting everyone's dream, even if it is a Kitty-Kat Golf Kart." Said Kat Stewart, Jackson's Mother.
Jackson Stewart, though shy, wanted to let the students know one thing, "Thank you".
Funfest organizers were confident they would raise enough money to grant Jackson's wish.
If you would like to know more about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy or the Make-a-Wish Foundation clink one or the links below.