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Sun Valley Elementary Students Help Raise Money for Make-A-Wish

Ms. Helms's 1st grade class

All K-5 Sun Valley Elementary students helped to spread hope for local children before they left for winter break by writing letters of hope that earned $2.00 per letter delivered to Macy’s. Every year the school continues to participate in a letter-writing campaign that is slated to make hundreds of dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The project begins after students return 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 and SVES Instructional Support Thomasina Little.

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. Many families encouraged their children to write extra letters.

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 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. Every year after Stout died, local children have received their wish through partnerships made with companies like Macy’s.

Principal Dr. Terri Cooper said, “It’s exciting to see our students making a positive impact with our community by turning in extra letters of hope. Projects like this also help them to see that they can make a difference.”

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: Jan 07, 2015 by Kevin Vickers

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