Elementary community joins together in Ohio
FIRST President Dave Scholl, his wife Valerie, and Emma K. with her family display the cermonial check presented to FIRST.
Mark and Lisa K., of Westlake, Ohio, are the parents of
Emma with the school guidance counselor and school principal.
adorable 7-year-old Emma, who is affected with epidermolytic ichthyosis (formerly called epidermolytic hyperkeratosis.)   Emma is lucky enough to go to school at Bassett Elementary School. The dedicated faculty and wonderful families of Bassett organized a series of fundraisers in honor of Emma and designated FIRST as the recipient. Last November, the Bassett faculty organized an evening at Applebee’s Restaurant. Friends and family members of the Klima family turned out on a cold fall evening to enjoy great food and friends. Applebee’s donated a portion of the evening’s receipts to FIRST, generating more than $470 for the Foundation.
More recently, the entire Bassett Elementary community, where Emma is in 2nd grade, participated in a week-long awareness and fund raising campaign for FIRST. Each year the school, headed by Principal Ben Hodge and counselor Sandee Erdman, holds a Family Game Night event and chooses a worthwhile cause to raise money for. This year FIRST was selected. The school held a week of activities leading up to Family Game Night on February 10. There was an assembly for the students, featuring a slideshow presentation, which provided information about ichthyosis and FIRST. One family that owns a local crafting store donated beads so that the children then purchased from the school. Many teachers baked tasty treats for a bake sale. Snacks, drinks, and raffle items were donated by area merchants. These efforts raised more than $4,300 for FIRST. After the game night, the school held an assembly and showed a slide show presentation of photos from the evening and presented a check to FIRST president, Dave Scholl. The Foundation greatly appreciates the hard work of all of the staff, students, and parent volunteers on our behalf.

Emma enjoys a game of Twister with her cousin Morgan.
The students of Bassett Elementary enjoy the post-game night assembly at school.
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