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Meet Our Sparrow

Cle Elum-Roslyn Schools Sparrow Tavish M.

Tavish is an active and fun-loving 3-year-old little boy who loves the outdoors, animals, Matchbox cars, and jumping on the family trampoline. Given his normal high levels of activity, Tavish’s parents were not initially concerned when they noticed a few bruises on his body. However, it became clear that something was not right when the bruises started becoming larger, followed by the appearance of more bruises that could not be explained. After Tavish suffered a fall, his parents took him to the doctor to get things checked out. Tests were done, and the results were shocking. On October 2, 2018, Tavish was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Doctors explained that Tavish’s white blood cell count was so high that he fell into the category of “very high risk.” Tavish received two blood transfusions, along with a bag of platelets. He endured a bone marrow biopsy and surgery to install a port for chemotherapy treatment.

Tavish began a 9-month long chemotherapy treatment plan. However, further tests have revealed an additional diagnoses of “mixed- lineage leukemia,” which makes it difficult to know how Tavish’s body will respond to treatment.

Tavish receives treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital every week, nearly two hours from his home in Ellensburg, WA, and has had to be hospitalized at times due to complications. Although Tavish has a long road ahead of him, he is a fierce little fighter who is determined to win this battle.

Tavish will be adopted as a Sparrow to Cle Elum-Roslyn School District.
Students at Cle Elum-Roslyn Elementary, Walter Strom Middle School, and Cle Elum-Roslyn High School will work hard to raise money for Tavish through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.

See video of Tavish's story on YouTube here:

What can you do to help?

Join our school wide student efforts to earn  community service hours!  A minimum of 256 student community service hours will earn $2,560 Sparrow Cash for Tavish and his family (donated by our Sparrow Club sponsors - Employees of Suncadia and Advantage Dirt).

Want to be involved as a parent or community member?  We also need volunteers in the classroom and/or after school organizing, coordinating, and helping community service projects to support Tavish.  Please feel free to contact your student's teacher, the school offices, or Kathy Hoffman (see contact information below)!

How does it work?

Students document community service hours on Sparrow Club Service Vouchers they can pick up at their school office or print from here (click to print voucher).   Vouchers are then turned in at school drop box or school office.

There are lots of community services you can choose to do!  Just remember, your service hours must benefit the public, neighbors or the local community.  For more information on community serivce ideas, dos and don'ts please see the Sparrow Clubs USA website at:

Any questions?  Please contact Kathy Hoffman at hoffmank@cersd or at 509 649-4721

Empowering kids to help kids in medical need

What is Sparrow Clubs?

Sparrow Clubs not only provides financial and emotional support for children and their families in medical need, but also empowers kids (elementary to college age) to help others through charitable service in their communities.

The Sparrow Clubs program teaches life lessons in compassion and selflessness through building relationships between a Sparrow family, a school student body, and our community. Sick kids get help, healthy kids become heroes and communities experience change.

To learn more go to

You can also see our other Cle Elum-Roslyn School District Sparrows:

  • Payton Hilberg (adopted by Kittitas 2016-2017)
  • Coral Soli (2016-2017)
  • Keegan Wilder (2017-2018)

What We Do

Kids will “earn” dollars by doing community service at an honorary rate of $10.00 per hour.  

These funds are in an account already and kids are not asking for money.  

Vouchers will be available at each school office or students can ask a staff member familiar with Sparrow Clubs.

Kids fill out their vouchers after doing community service, get them signed by an adult and then these are
collected at school. At the end of the school year this project will end and vouchers are collected and turned
into the main office. They are then given to the family so that they can read the written reflections from the
students about what it meant to them to help their Sparrow.

How can you help?

  • Encourage and help our students do community service in honor of our Sparrow
  • Help your child fill out the vouchers and return them to the school for the designated voucher box.
  • We will need future sponsors for Sparrow Clubs. Please help get the word out to our community and
  • local businesses

Want more information? Please contact Kathy Hoffman at or at (509) 649-4721
 or Lisa Browitt at or 649-4825

Get Your Team Tavish Shirt!

Shirts are for sale  through Shirtworks in Ellensburg for a limited time only - November 19th through December 7th.
(shirts will be available 2 weeks after closing: December 21st)

$20.00 each
(ALL proceeds from each sale goes to help our new Sparrow family!)

Assembly Noveber 29th at Walter Strom Middle School
# Team Tavish
Other ways to reach the web-store for Team Tavish are to go to and use our STORES on the drop down menu 

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