FRIENDS: Kingaroy State High School student Kalila Vukelic with her teacher Sue Francis and classmates Samuel Richards, Alisha Fouret, Madisen Robson, Blake Phillips and Donte Hovath.
FRIENDS: Kingaroy State High School student Kalila Vukelic with her teacher Sue Francis and classmates Samuel Richards, Alisha Fouret, Madisen Robson, Blake Phillips and Donte Hovath. Jessica McGrath

Classmates get behind Kalila's quest for Smart Pup

KINGAROY State High School student Kalila Vukelic loves to dance, listen to music and watch other kids play at school.

Deputy principal Helen Beresford said the Tingoora teenager's day was different to her fellow students' because of the level of care she required, due to her Rett syndrome.

"Every day is unique with Kalila, as we are responsive to her health, emotional and physical wellbeing needs," Ms Beresford said.

Her school and family are on a quest to raise the $20,000 required for a specially trained dog that will alert her when a seizure is coming, comfort her and assist with her mobility.

Kalila's classmates said it was a great idea for the school to support the Smart Pup campaign.

"She has a tough life," they said.

"Most days Kalila has a seizure and other kids don't, the Smart Pup will help her a lot."

The students enjoy having Kalila joining in their class activities.

"Kalila likes watching the kids play and I love seeing her smile and be happy," they said.

"I love reading to Kalila and she smiles and laughs at the story."

 

LEARNING: Kingaroy State High School student Kalila Vukelic with her teacher Sue Francis.
LEARNING: Kingaroy State High School student Kalila Vukelic with her teacher Sue Francis. Jessica McGrath

Many of the students care for Kalila and have donated thousands of the Kingaroy State High School's reward system points in exchange for a monetary donation for Kalila's Smart Pup.

"Students of the high school could have used their points for themselves, but they have chosen to support Kalila instead," Ms Beresford said.

"As a staff, we are extremely proud of their selfless donation."

Kalila's teachers use a weekly timetable of literacy and numeracy activities for her to do with her eye-gaze communication device.

"Kalila enjoys being with her classmates and participating in the class activities, especially being outdoors," Ms Beresford said.

She enjoys visiting the gardens and chickens at the school's Agricultural Department facilities and rides around the school grounds on a special tricycle when she is well.

"Kalila has a great sense of humour and loves it when others are being silly around her," Ms Beresford said.

Although her learning is different, Kalila still has a curriculum plan which means she has access to the Australian Curriculum like her fellow students.

She also receives a report card for the work she is able to undertake.

Community members can donate to Kalila's campaign by visiting https://bit.ly/2ITngP4 or through direct deposit. 

 

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