December 30, 2013 — Big Cross and High School students rang the bell for the Salvation Army’s red kettles. Jackson Heights students ran a “Gift of Food” collection, while Kensington students gathered winter coats and outerwear. The Athletics Department held a food and toy drive. And the Middle School spearheaded a district-wide sale of Make-A-Wish stars to benefit kids with life-threatening illnesses.
Those efforts—plus MANY more at each building—helped make the holidays brighter for families in our school community and around the region.
"Four hours is a long time to stand out in the cold, but these ladies were troopers on December 20!" says high school teacher Susanne Bischoff. "Lacie Morgan, Alyssa Wielt, Jaime Holcomb, Sarah Bennet, and Chelsea Dowd rang the bells for the Salvation Army until 9 pm. Fortunately the dinner of pizza and soda that Angelina's Pizzeria so generously donated helped sustain them, as did the hot chocolate and popcorn that the Zurlos dropped off. Thanks for donating your time to your community ladies!"
Staff fundraising efforts at the Middle and High Schools, including auctions and raffle baskets, helped provide gift cards to the families of more than 66 students who would otherwise “do without” over the holidays.
Special wishes will also be granted thanks to the generosity of students, staff and families district-wide, who collectively raised hundreds of dollars during the district’s 15th annual Make-A-Wish holiday star sale.
“Last year the Glens Falls City School District raised $1,496.37 for Make-A-Wish,” says organizer and MS guidance counselor Kathy Mitchell. “It's great to have kids begin to understand how truly fortunate they are, and learn the importance of giving back to their community,” she continued.
Many classroom teachers showed students THIS NBC NEWS REPORT on how San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham City to grant a special wish to a 5-year-old boy. “Teachers in our building shared this with their students during advocacy and it prompted a lot of great conversation about what granting a Wish is all about,” says Mrs. Mitchell.
Teams at each school building helped sell paper stars for a dollar each during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas—and each school put their own twist on the effort.
Bobbi Harris and Ann Myers hosted a special ‘Turtle Coffee’ sale in the Middle School library one morning, where staff could go in and purchase a coffee or tea with whipped cream, butterscotch and chocolate shavings. All of the proceeds were donated to the Make-A-Wish fundraising effort.
All money raised through the Make-A-Wish star sale goes towards granting wishes of kids with life-threatening medical conditions. “That's the beauty of Make-A-Wish,” says Mrs. Mitchell. “100 percent of the funds raised help grant the wishes of LOCAL children who are living with life threatening medical conditions.”