I met J’Kalein 3 years ago when I first started working at West. I volunteered to costume the fall play and he was one of the many actors. Over the years I have seen him go from a slightly obnoxious high schooler to an absolutely charming young man. Unfortunately in the last week of his senior year his mother fell ill. J’Kalein has been by her side every single day since. J’Kalein’s Mom is a single parent who has worked for our school district for many years. She is a very hard working woman, and has given us the gift of an awesome son who has dedicated countless hours to music, theatre, and most of all, leadership. Now it’s our turn to help them.
A GoFundMe page has been set up in Shawanda’s name. Any and all donations are truly appreciated. If you can’t donate, I’m sure just some nice happy thoughts, prayers, or wishes on stars would be just as greatly appreciated.
I leave you with a ridiculously adorable picture of J’Kalein as a child.