Today is a big day for the La Crosse School District.
La Crosse Compassion Project
But one student in particular didn't need to 'learn'
he has experienced it first hand.
In Search Of...
Longfellow middle schooler Cody Davis grew up in a
very small town in Iowa with his mom, step-dad and
we would go fishing and go outside a lot.
Running around, riding my bike, playing with friends.
But last June, this family dropped everything and
moved to La Crosse.
More out of necessity than choice.
They told us to go to La Crosse.
Because La Crosse is like one of the top 10 places
to live if you are blind.
A lot of people don't know that but it's true.
I suppose we should now mention - that Cody is going
I can't see the board.
What started as a routine eye doctor visit turned
in to a diagnosis that will change life as he knows
14th the said it was optic nerve atrophy.
The condition causes permanent visual impairment.
It is degenerative…and in Cody's case.
In all likelihood he will be totally blind by the
end of summer.
All I could do is sit there.
I couldn't speak.
I was like no - this can't be happening.
It was hard.
It was a real struggle because you feel absolutely
Yeah it's tough.
And then soon enough I began to accept it.
But then came an idea.
A bucket list of sorts.
Give Cody as many visual memories as they can before
it's too late.
We kind of just asked Cody...what is the number one
thing you would like to do.
And he said, go see the ocean.
All I've seen is green lakes.
I said ok.
What's two more things you'd like to do? And he said,
'Go to a bears game.
And go to the Colorado mountains.
They created a fundraising page to help with the cost.
And soon word began to spread and compassion started
10 dollars here...20 dollars there...and then recently
A school of strangers wanting to help.
We heard of Cody's life changing challenge and they
understand that that would be very difficult.
Our students are doing this and he's not even a classmate.
They heard of his challenge and wanted to do something
So we are pudding our best foot forward to help Cody
see the ocean.
This is life long learning.
there the learning that you get in text books and
that is important.
But it's also the giving to others and the sense of
Here's a N side school raising money for a S side
It's a great lesson for our student.
We wanted you to know that even though we are a school
from across town - we care.
So cody the stundts and staff at Logan Middle raised
money to help fulfill your wish to see the ocean...
So we have a check in the amount of.....
pod up music
It's amazing to see kids his age that actually want
to get up and help somebody else.
Jodi All the help we have gotten from this town alone
Nobody knows us.
We're not even from here.
It just amazes me how much people care.
Everyday Cody sees a little less.
Just hold up a straw to you eye and look through it.
That's all you have to do to see what I see.
But he doesn't need eyes to appreciate all the support
If I could get everybody in a colleseum that has helped
me, I would get down on my knees and thank them.