Before school let out for summer, students at Sally D. Meadows Elementary School in Vidalia, Georgia helped to raise over $9,000.00 for Make-A-Wish Georgia, an organization that grants wishes for local children with life-threatening illnesses.
Students and faculty began fundraising at the beginning of the semester, in January, with the dollars being raised from a variety of events. Teachers paid $60 to ‘dress down’ for the remainder of the year; students purchased snacks during recess and attended school-sponsored dances for a $5 admission fee. One third grade student, Madeline Collins, received donations for Make-A-Wish in lieu of gifts for her birthday, helping the school to reach a total of $8,348.67. The group then received a challenge grant of $500.00 as a birthday gift in honor of Madeline from Kathy Tucker, an Advisory Board Member of Hands On Southeast Georgia, a local fundraising partner. A final contribution from Sea Island Bank brought the grand total to $9,077.67.
Students and faculty presented the check to a Make-A-Wish Georgia representative at the close of the year. “The staff and students at Sally Meadows Elementary School are really a testament to the ability of a local community to come together in support of a great cause. With three pending wishes in Vidalia, we are striving to fundraise locally to help bring these children’s most heartfelt wishes to life,” said Erica Ross, Director of Community Events for Make-A-Wish Georgia. “We have over 800 kids waiting for their wishes to come true in the state of Georgia alone, and are so appreciative of all of the local groups that partner with us to help us fulfill our mission.”
Those interested in hosting a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Georgia are encouraged to contact Erica Ross at email@example.com. Individual donations can also be made online at http://georgia.wish.org.