Elementary School Students, Teachers Raise Money for New Organization


A group of Hills Elementary students and teachers are coming together to raise money for a good cause.

WTRF first introduced you to Olivia Ault last winter. Ault is a local girl who suffers from a visual impairment that causes a miscommunication between what she sees and what her brain processes.  

Ault and her classmates at Hills Elementary are raising money to get a new organization, called the Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment Society, up and running.

So far, the group has has raised over $400. “I feel really good about doing this because she doesn’t learn the way we do and she doesn’t see stuff the way we do,” said 4th grader, Kristen Driscoll.

“It’s amazing to see the support behind Olivia, everyone from the teachers and staff to all of the kids,” said Olivia’s father, Tom Ault.

Olivia’s mother, Anna Ault, says so far they have raised $1300 plus the $450 that students raised through holding a lemonade stand and a benefit dance.

The PCVI Society’s goal is to promote research in the field of CVI and promote advocacy, as well as answer questions for parents such as Olivia’s. Since receiving a device that helps children with vision impairments called Lily Lightaide, Olivia has greatly improved her learning and now can identify letters and colors.

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