December 20, 2012—Children with life-threatening diseases are having their wishes granted, thanks to the generosity of students, staff and families district-wide, who collectively raised hundreds of dollars during the district’s 14th annual Make-A-Wish holiday angel sale.
Teams at each school building helped sell paper angels for a dollar each during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas—and each school put their own twist on the effort. “From the singing ‘angels’ during morning announcements at the Middle School to the Kensington students who manned a cookies-and-hot-chocolate stand in their neighborhood, there have been many ways the students and staff in our buildings have all come together to raise money for such a great cause,” said middle school guidance counselor Kathy Vittengl, who leads the effort.
“Around 15 years ago I decided that I had been gifted with a healthy life and I wanted to give back in some way,” said Mrs. Vittengl, who is a trained Wish Granter and has been volunteering with a local chapter for some time. “When I started working at Glens Falls Middle School, I wanted to teach the kids that it's important to give back and appreciate what you DO have.”
Kensington students Caroline Shaver, Kate Barber, Thea Potter and Ashley Bordeaux took that lesson to heart and set up their own stand to sell hot cocoa, cookies and candy canes on the corner of Sheridan and Coolidge. There was no set price for their home-made treats, just a donation to Make-A-Wish. “Mostly people stopped in their cars,” said Kate. “Two guys gave us six dollars each, so that was helpful!” Ashley added. The four third-graders from Melody Morgan-Srygley's class raised $49 and decorated the corresponding 49 paper angels as well.
Another beverage sale added to the overall fundraising effort as well. “The ladies in the MS library hosted a ‘Turtle Coffee’ day where staff could go in and purchase a yummy coffee or tea with whipped cream, butterscotch and chocolate shavings,” said Mrs. Vittengl. “All of the proceeds they donate to Make-A-Wish.” Computer lab teaching assistant Mary Satterfield brought in her own extensive decorating and stamping supplies so students could decorate the angels bought with coffee sale proceeds.
“There were 'Secret Angel' deliveries by the fifth grade, and the MS Student Senate held Festive Friday raffles throughout the month of December to raise money for Make-A-Wish,” said Mrs. Vittengl. “There are beautifully decorated doors, windows, bulletin boards and ceilings throughout our buildings.”
100 percent of the money raised through the Make-A-Wish angel sale goes towards granting wishes of kids with life-threatening medical conditions.