Two year old Lilee-Jean was invited to join Ms. Garrioch's kindergarten class for one day last week. Here

Lilee-Jean goes to school

Two year old spends time in Kent kindergarten class in Agassiz

Time has officially become the enemy for Lilee-Jean, a two and a half year old Chilliwack girl who has been battling glioblastoma since she was just 10 months old. Her parents, Chelsey Whittle and Andrew Putt, have recently said it’s looking more likely she will eventually overcome by the deadly form of brain cancer.

But none of that mattered last Thursday. She spent the day buzzing around from station to station in Ms. Garrioch’s kindergarten classroom at Kent elementary, surrounded by classmates for the day. Recently, Lilee-Jean’s parents set out to create a list of things they would like their daughter to experience in her life. A day at school was high on the list and Garrioch, along with Kent’s principal, Chris Wejr, were determined to help them fill that wish. Like thousands of people around the Fraser Valley, Wejr has been following LJ’s journey. She has already been a visitor at the school with her dad, who attended there as a child himself.

The day was a complete success, with LJ making friends and showing off her early reading skills to Wejr and Garrioch.

She could identify the letter L for her name, Wejr noted, a big first step in learning to read.

To read more about LJ’s story, visit her mom’s blog at loveforlilee.com. To read Wejr’s reflections of the day, visit his blog at chriswejr.com.

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