It's National Teacher Appreciation Week and we have a lot to be thankful for! Not only do our teachers support students and especially our wish kids in the classroom they also teach the power of philanthropy through our Kids for Wish Kids program.
This week we're celebrating our 2019-2020 Kids for Wish Kids award recipients.
School of the Year:
Harrison High School has raised over $80,000 for Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Students and staff support Make-A-Wish through their Hoops for Hope fundraiser. During a regular-season basketball game, buckets are passed around to collect funds. The week before the fundraiser students can participate in spirit days and a talent show, both of which also generate funds. Each year their fundraising efforts benefit a local child in their community who is battling a critical illness. Thank you Harrison High School for helping us give children hope, strength, and joy when they need it most!
Youth Leaders of the Year:
Since the Hamilton Southeastern Make-A-Wish Club’s inception in 2016, they have raised over $10,000 to help grant the wishes of local children. Students do a variety of fundraisers throughout the year including a haunted house, parent’s night out, and a holiday concert. This past fall members of the club helped us grant our 17,000th wish. Kammy had wished for a friendship swing to be put in at a local park and members of the HSE Make-A-Wish club attended the reveal with personalized signs for Kammy. We are so grateful for everything these students do for our mission!
Teacher of the Year:
Hamilton Intermediate with Stephanie Pond’s guidance has raised over $6,000 for Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana since 2017. Students and staff support Make-A-Wish through their month-long star sale campaign. During this time, students sell stars, bracelets, goodie bags, and even t-shirts to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish. Through all of this Stephanie has also become a wish-granting volunteer and has helped grant three local children’s wishes!
Many thanks to all of our school and student partners this year that helped create life-changing wishes for children battling critical illnesses.