Bennett Elementary Reveals Wish to Tatum Schulte

The campus raised almost $9,000 to grant a wish to Schulte after she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her leg and spine last December.

On Friday (Nov. 4) Bennett Elementary proved to be #TatumTough as the students, teachers and faculty revealed a trip to Hawaii to Tatum Schulte, an eight-year-old girl, and her family through the Make-A-Wish Foundationbennett-make-a-wish-reveal-23

Schulte was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her leg and spine last December and underwent treatment and surgery to overcome the cancer.

Schulte’s mother, Shawna, said at the big reveal in the Tiger Pit how thankful she and her family were for everyone’s thoughts, prayers and well-wishes for her daughter this past year.

“She has gained way more than what she has lost through this journey,” she said. “Now she has gained 800 new friends and we can’t thank you enough for your giving hearts. Tatum has been given a lot and she will give back, too. She has learned so much through this, and we are just so thankful.”

After the discovery of Schulte’s cancer, Bennett Elementary knew they wanted to do something special for the young girl who has inspired thousands across the state and nation.

The school began raising money in February through competitions within the school, selling pickle pops, penny wars, themed weeks and regular donations. Through the school’s effort, the students contributed a donation of almost $9,000 for Tatum’s wish to come true.

bennett-make-a-wish-reveal-16“It is truly better to give than receive,” said Michelle Elliott, Bennett Elementary’s principal. “Our students are very generous, and this opportunity has shown them how wonderful it is to help others by granting this wish to Tatum. We are very proud of our students here at Bennett Elementary.”

Schulte has never been to Hawaii and is looking forward to her reward of an island vacation after being declared cancer free in September, just 10 months after the discovery of the osteosarcoma in her leg and spine.

“I can’t wait to go to Hawaii!” Tatum said.

After the big reveal concluded at Frenship High School, many of the Bennett Elementary students were excited to see Schulte, giving her big hugs and high-fives as they left the gym.

To read more about Schulte’s story, visit her GoFundMe page or the Team Tatum Facebook page.