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Efforts for Make A Wish range from cocoa on the corner to letters to SantaPhoto of students and staff

December 28, 2015 — 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 annual Make-A-Wish holiday star sale.

Teams at each school building helped sell paper stars for a dollar each during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas—and each schoolPhoto of students and staff put their own twist on the effort.

Middle School students Caroline Shaver, Cate Barclay, Ashley Bordeaux, Robin Gorton, Isabella Ferraro, and Paige Sylvia set up their own stand to sell hot cocoa, cookies and candy canes in the front yard of one of the girls’ houses. There was no set price for their home-made treats, just a donation to Make A Wish. Their efforts brought in $175.03.

Another beverage sale added to the overall fundraising drive as well. Bobbi Harris, Ann Myers, and Mary Satterfield in the MS library hosted a ‘Turtle Coffee’ day where staff members could purchase a coffee or tea with whipped cream, caramel and chocolate shavings, with all of the proceeds donated to Make A Wish.

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2015 marks the eighth year in a row that Middle School library staff members have hosted the Turtle Coffee sale to benefit Make A Wish.

Every school building sold paper stars, and Kensington students wrote scores of letters to Santa as part of Macy’s “Believe” campaign. Ellen Cabana’s fourth-graders helped collect the letters to send in to Macy’s. The company donates a dollar for every letter received, usually up to a million dollars—but this year’s effort resulted in a $2 million donation to the national Make A Wish organization.

Middle School guidance counselor Kathy Mitchell has led the effort from the beginning, as she is a trained Wish Granter and has been volunteering with the 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,” Mrs. Mitchell has said about the long-term effort. She retires this week, having just completed the 17th year of the district-wide Make A Wish fundraiser, her signature project.

100 percent of the money raised through the Make A Wish star sale goes towards granting wishes of kids with life-threatening medical conditions.