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Sun Valley Elementary students support Make-A-Wish Foundation

Sun Valley Elementary students Emanuel Hernandez, Sandra Artozaga and Sheyla Johnson, from left, join other students in writing letters for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Sun Valley Elementary students are spreading hope for children in Union County by writing letters that will make hundreds of dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The project began before Thanksgiving break as students began discussing children in the area that had cancer during their media center time with SVES School Library Media Coordinator Kevin Vickers, SVES Instructional Support Louise Glover and SVES Instructional Support Thomasina Little.

Many wrote extra letters at home and eagerly brought them in, meeting SVES Principal Terri Cooper and Assistant Principal Dwight Thompson 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 Union County Public School student who was offered a wish from Make-A-Wish Foundation. Realizing that there were more than 150 children who were on Make-A-Wish Foundation’s waiting list, Hope wished that all these children would be able to receive their wish.

Students also viewed Miles Scott from San Francisco wish come true on YouTube. Scott wished to be Batman for the day. San Francisco transformed into Gotham City on Nov. 15, 2013, in order to make this 5-year-old boy’s wish come true.

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.

Students began writing the letters the week of Nov. 18, 2013. “It is exciting to see our community come together in humanitarian efforts such as this,” Cooper said.

Vickers turned in the school’s approximately 800 letters to Macy’s at South Park.

Visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation online to find out more about this wish-granting organization.

Written by: Kevin Vickers , SVES School Library Media Coordinator
Posted: Dec 03, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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