When I first started with the organization back in 2012, I understood that my job responsibilities included leading and supporting many fundraising campaigns, one of which was Kids For Wish Kids. For those who don’t know, Kids For Wish Kids is a popular program that allows K-12 students to raise funds and help grant wishes for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. Students, along with their teachers, parents, and administrators, are responsible for the program - from brainstorming fundraising ideas and developing plans of action, to seeing the ideas come to fruition.
In addition to helping Kids For Wish Kids participants raise money to grant wishes, it’s our goal as staff to inspire leadership skills, encourage school spirit, teach money management skills, promote teamwork, cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit, and inspire children to donate their time to a cause. That’s a lot on our shoulders – but if anyone understands the weight of this responsibility, it’s the fantastic educators we get to work with throughout the year!
Behind every student group hosting a bake sale or planning a 5K is a teacher acting as the backbone of the event. These teachers are there to keep the group moving forward, keep the team feeling confident in their decision making, and make sure everyone’s thoughts are heard. They do all of this with very little recognition for the donation they are making of themselves – a huge donation of their time.
A fantastic example of this is at Mason Intermediate School, located in Mason, OH (a suburb of Cincinnati, OH). Every year, 5th graders collect fleece and turn it into blankets. The students then sell these blankets at a home football game and donate all the proceeds to their local Make-A-Wish office. Each year, we look forward to this fundraiser and are thankful for the hard work these students put in to help grant wishes. We’re also incredibly grateful to their teacher, Maddy Rossetti, who has spent years planning the annual fundraiser and has helped the 5th graders at Mason Intermediate raise nearly $7,000. That money goes a long way in making a wish come true.
Not long ago, a fellow Mason school teacher’s daughter was qualified for a wish after being diagnosed with a form of leukemia. Ella’s wish to meet the princesses at Walt Disney World will come true soon, thanks to the continued generosity of her community – and the hard work of people like Maddy and her students.
Just around the corner is this year’s blanket sale. On Friday October 16th, the Mason Comets take on the Oak Hills Highlanders. Though this is sure to be a good game, everyone is a little more concerned about the weather. The students are hoping there will be a chill in the air – they’ve got blankets to sell!
Thank you to Mason City Schools for your continued support; thank you to your teachers who are helping plan fundraisers year after year; and a HUGE thank you to all those teachers making a difference in their children’s lives and in the lives of wish children all across our chapter. We wish you all the happiest World Teachers' Day!
Click here to learn more about our Kids For Wish Kids program!