Meet Our Sparrow

Welcome back Tavish M. as our Sparrow!

The community service hours are in for Tavish who turned 4 years old August 2nd!

Tavish was diagnosed on October 1st, 2018 with a rare form of leukemia.  Tavish spent most of his time at Ronald McDonald House last year undergoing aggressive cancer treatments with frequent hospitalizations at Children’s Hospital.  His parents took turns staying with him 24/7.
Both parents did their best to work part time while being there for Tavish as well as care for their other 2 children, Ewan a second grader and Isla, a Kindergarten student.  Tavis' family moved to Mattawa and stayed with family during this challenging time. 

Tavish will be adopted as a Sparrow to Cle Elum-Roslyn School District again for the 2019/20 school year.

What we did to help Tavish as our Sparrow in 2018/19:  
Our students were hard at work last year to earn the money donated by our sponsors doing community service at the honorary rate of $10.00 per hour.  In addition, students did other fund raising activities and successfully raised $4,000.00 for Tavish.  A matching donation was made by the Shoemaker Foundation of $4,000.00.  Thank you  students, community and Shoemaker Foundation!!  

Total Community Service  hours for Tavish

  • High School:  258.5
  • Walter Strom Middle School:  389.5
  • Elementary School:  579.5

GRAND TOTAL:  1,218.5 hours!  

THANK YOU to our sponsors, Advantage Dirt and Employees of Suncadia,  because without their sponsorship dollars we wouldn’t have a Sparrow Club USA in our community.

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

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