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SVES Students Write Letters of Hope

Third and fifth grade students share their letters of hope.

All K-5 Sun Valley Elementary students will be spreading hope for children in Union County during a letter-writing campaign that is slated to make hundreds of dollars for the Make a Wish Foundation.

The project began after students returned to school from Thanksgiving break. Students began discussing children in the area with terminal diseases during their media center time with SVES Media Coordinator Kevin Vickers, SVES Instructional Support Louise Glover and SVES Instructional Support Brian McDonald.

Many wrote extra letters at home and eagerly brought them in, meeting SVES Principal Terri Cooper and Assistant Principal Suzy Robbins in the hall, to give to Vickers. Students were told that for each letter of hope they wrote, Macy’s would donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, up to $1 million to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Students were given the example of Hope Stout, a former UCPS student who was offered a wish from Make-A-Wish Foundation. Realizing that there were more than150 children who were on Make-A-Wish Foundation’s waiting list, Hope wished that all these children would be able to receive their wish.

“After all, Make-A-Wish Foundation is in the business of enriching human experiences with hope, joy, and strength by granting wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions,” Vickers said. “Before Hope died, she was able to see her wish fulfilled.”

Students began writing the letters the week of Dec. 5, 2011. “It was exciting to see so many letters turned in and how our students began to think about others during this time of year,” Cooper said.

Several SVES parents will meet Vickers at Macy’s at Southpark on Dec. 17, 2011, to turn in the letters of hope. The 672 Sun Valley Elementary students turned in more than 750 letters. “Some students from Sun Valley High School even heard what their younger bothers and sisters were doing at the elementary school and joined in by writing letters of their own,” Vickers said.

Visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation online at www.wish.org to find out more about the nation’s largest wish-granting organization and see how you can help share the power of a wish®.

Written by: Kevin Vickers
Posted: Dec 13, 2011 by Kevin Vickers

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