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Edgelea Elementary rallies behind student injured in fire

It's been a little more than a month since firefighters rescued Kenzie Mosgrove from an apartment fire in Lafayette. Edgelea Elementary is planning several fundraisers in her honor.

Posted: Jan. 18, 2019 6:49 PM
Updated: Jan. 18, 2019 6:50 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - You don't have to be in Miss Haan's Kindergarten class to love Kenzie Mosgrove.

"We are a family here at our school," said Third Grade Teacher Mandy Miller. "We want to be able to support each other and we wanted the kids to be able to be a part of that because they all care about Kenzie too."

Kenzie, 6, was badly burned in an apartment fire last month. All Edgelea students are helping raise money to help pay for her recovery. Third grade students Piper and Loey are preparing jars for the change drive.

"We're having a little competition between the grade levels to see who can bring in the most money for Kenzie and her family," said Miller. 

Piper is looking forward to a bake sale fundraiser next Friday.

"I know that a lot of kids like goodies," said Piper. 

"I have reached out to several businesses and they have all been so responsive and willing to send in items for our bake sale," added Miller. 

Parents and teachers are bringing some baked goods too. The sale and change drive is open to the public.

"I want her to know that everybody in here are trying to help Kenzie," said Loey. "And that she knows that she is loved and cared about."

Those who know her best want her to know that too.

"Every day they make a picture and put it inside her desk," said Kenzie's Kindergarten teacher, Stephanie Haan. 

However, with burns on over 60 percent of her body, it's going to take time for Kenzie to heal.

"She's had several surgeries but I've heard that she has come a long way," said Haan. 

On Thursday, Riley Hospital for Children brought in an oversized teddy bear to keep Kenzie's seat warm while she's away.

"We decided to name him Riley, so they go up and hug the bear or talk to the bear, it's very cute," said Haan.

Riley the Bear doesn't stay at Kenzie's desk, the kids take him with them to their specials like art, library and gym. It makes them feel like Kenzie is with them wherever they go.

"All of us are anxious for her to come back and see her stronger than ever," said Haan. "She is such a strong little girl and you know she has the personality to pull through this and we will be here supporting her throughout the way."

The bake sale is next Friday, January 25 from 2:45 PM until 5:00 PM.

The following week, Edgelea will be accepting cash or change donations for Kenzie and her family.

Everyone is invited to participate.

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