Child uses wish for classmates

Child uses wish for classmates

CHAMPAIGN -- Students didn't want their special treat to end Tuesday. They were the first students to try a new teaching tool. It's called Education City.
CHAMPAIGN -- Students didn't want their special treat to end Tuesday. They were the first students to try a new teaching tool. It's called Education City.

The online program lets kids at Bottenfield practice math, science and language arts online, which means at home and school. WCIA-3's Erica Quednau has more.

If it wasn't for a special student in the class, Education City wouldn't be possible, so they celebrated him. When you're in 2nd grade, it can sometimes be hard to pay attention, unless the learning is fun.

"I bet no one else in the universe gets to do this."

Not quite the universe, but their school is the only one in Champaign with the program.

"They can log on at home and practice the skills and it's all the skills related to the Common Core State Standards as well."

"I can do it anytime I want."

It's all thanks to Justin Li.

"It's really cool and I'm happy for Justin."

"He has not been a typical wish kid in terms of, he didn't ask for anything really for himself. His recurring theme was he wanted to give back."

Justin was diagnosed with cancer about two years ago. When it was his time to make a wish, "Justin's wish was to bring Education City to our entire building, K - 5th grade."

"This was an opportunity for him to get to know his other classmates, by being able to interact with them, with this program."

Because, even though this new student is a boy with little to say, he has a big heart.

"In Justin's world, he just wants to be happy and he wants everyone else to be happy."

"What do you want to say to Justin?"

"Thank you!"

"He's the best person I ever noticed in my class."

Justin and his family declined to speak on camera. They say the day was about sharing not being sick.

People are getting together this weekend to make sure wishes keep coming true. It's for the Walk and Run for Wishes Campaign. Individuals and teams will hit the pavement at Zahnd Park to raise money.

Brody Peyton is Grand Marshal of the event. He got his wish granted in 2011 when he went to Disney World.

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