The Madeline English School Student Government recently held a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, which enriches the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work.
English School eighth graders Alexis Ripley, Nicole Pesce and Aryana Charles, in conjunction with the Student Government, sold MCAS Survival Kits for $1 to students in grades 3-8 in preparation for the upcoming English Language Arts MCAS Tests. The survival kit consist of a granola bar, Smarties®, a lollipop, an eraser, gum, mints and a penny for good luck. Aryana, Nicole and Alexis sold 336 MCAS survival kits, for a profit of $200 which was donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island®.
The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families and entire communities. Since 1980, 219,672 wishes have been granted across the United States of America. Approximately, one wish is granted every 40 minutes. Typically, children’s wishes fall into four categories: To Be, To Meet, To Have, or To Go.
To qualify for a wish, the child must be older than 2 1/2 years old and younger than 18 and must not have received a wish from another wish-granting organization. A child can be referred to the Make-A-Wish Foundation by a parent or guardian, a medical professional, or by the child. Following referral, a certified medical professional must verify that the child has a life-threatening medical condition. There are no other qualifications based on sex, race, religion, socioeconomic status or any other demographic category.
For more information on how to make a referral or donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, please visit www.wish.org.