Kayleigh McClister, front, with her mother, Samantha Smith, and classmates in Angie Hixson’s class Tuesday after the Mark Twain Shrine Club gave McClister a new, motorized wheelchair. Also pictured, along the back row, are Hixson; Shrine Club members Robert Flowers, J.C. Denny, and Randy Bush; and McClister’s aide, Violet Graves.
Christmas came early for Adair County Primary Center second grader Kayleigh McClister Wednesday when the Mark Twain Shrine Club visited the school and presented her with a new, motorized wheelchair.
“We try to let the schools know, both here in Adair County and also in Taylor and Russell County, that if a kid needs something, that’s what we do,” says Shrine Club member Robert Flowers, who also serves as treasurer of Kosair Charities. “We have here today a young lady who needs a motorized wheelchair. That’s our mission, to help in whatever way we can.”
McClister appeared genuinely surprised at the gesture, and her classmates showed as much excitement as the gift’s recipient. McClister’s mother, Samantha Smith, says she was brought to tears when she learned of the donation. “It means a lot, so much,” Smith says. “It’s going to help her in so many ways – she’ll be able to do a lot more now, play outside a lot more.”
The Mark Twain Shrine Club is an affiliate of Kosair Charities and the Kosair Shrine Club. The wheelchair was the fourth the club has donated this year in its three-county area of service. Others at the presentation Wednesday included McClister’s teacher, Angie Hixson; her aide, Violet Graves; ACPC Principal Patty Jones; Special Education and Preschool Coordinator Anita Goode; Shrine Club member Randy Bush; and Shrine Club President J.C. Denny.