Remembering Kyzaiah at Verney Rd School

By Morgan Dyer

Shepparton’s Verney Road School students dressed as super heroes yesterday to honour a memorable friend.

The dress-up day was held to raise vital funds for the fight against muscular dystrophy, a genetic disease that causes progressive deterioration of muscle strength and function.

The day was dedicated to Kyzaiah Atkinson, a student who passed away from the incurable disease last week.

Assistant principal Caroline West said the day was a nice way to remember Kyzaiah.

“He loved super heroes and he loved dressing up, so it’s a good opportunity for the children to remember the good times with Kyzaiah,” she said.

“Our real focus was to make it a fun day for everyone."

Friends and families were invited to the school to share a barbeque lunch with the students and cheer on those who took part in the annual fun run.

Teachers added to the fun of the day and surprised the students by masking themselves as super heroes and decorating the school with balloons.

Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Buzz Lightyear, and Spider-Man were a few of the many heroes who made an appearance at Verney Road.

The money raised on the day will go directly to Australian charities that provide support and education to families who have a child diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.

The school is also preparing to build a memorial garden to remember students who have passed away from complications with their disability.