Grand Island Students Make A Wish Come True | People
On Friday June 17th, staff and editors of the Grand Island High School Venture Yearbook presented the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York a check for $5000 to be used for a child’s wish vacation.
Editors and staff of the yearbook worked together on selling everything from candy bars, chocolate, candles, paper and magnetic stars, to patrons for the yearbook. They spent time during and after school, as well as some Saturdays, at local malls raising funds for this worthwhile cause.
Christopher Simpson, yearbook advisor, says that the kids are truly one of a kind. “So many students participated in the effort and contributed that you can’t help but to be overwhelmed with their contributions. I am very proud of all of these young adults.”
Mary Moore, community relations manager for Make-A-Wish, was on hand to receive the check. Moore was also a graduate of Grand Island High School, earning her diploma in 2001. After accepting the check, Moore told of the young girl named Ella who benefitted from the money raised. As a four year old, Ella has been battling a spinal cord tumor and her one wish was to 'visit the animals at Disney World.' Every morning while on vacation, Ella drank her bottle as she said hello to every animal she spotted on the balcony at Animal Kingdom Lodge. She also spent time at Sea World with the dolphins and at Universal Studios.
The Make-A-Wish fundraising effort was one of a few altruistic endeavors coordinated by staff and editors of the yearbook. Aside from raising funds for Make-A-Wish and the yearbook, students spent time at the Buffalo City Mission cleaning, preparing and serving meals. In conjunction with the boys’ J.V. basketball team, students collected and distributed toys to kids staying at Roswell Park Cancer Institute over the Christmas holiday. Lastly, staff and editors decorated bags for the Buffalo City Mission for their delivery of food on Thanksgiving.
The electives and clubs at Grand Island give students the opportunity to go out and do “good” in the community. It gives them a chance to become contributing members of society, not just in a working capacity, but in an altruistic, giving of yourself way.