Seaside Ice Cream Parlor at Riverside Elementary
For the past 14 years, Debbie Berger, 3rd grade teacher at Riverside Elementary in Coral Springs, spearheads an ice cream parlor for her students. The entire class learns how to put on an event from top to bottom. They have a hostess who greets you when you enter the classroom and a menu when you sit down. You are asked for your order along with any additional toppings for extra money to benefit Make-A-Wish. The class runs this parlor like a real business! In addition, they offer other opportunities to raise additional funds. The students learn many useful skills all while giving back! Each year these students look forward to their Seaside Ice Cream Parlor to open for business! In all, this fun event has raised $17,505.
Eagle Point Elementary
Eagle Point Elementary held a fundraiser to benefit Make-A-Wish the 5th grade class hosted a car wash, dress down days and many more fun activities at the school. They were able to raise a total of $5,250.
American Heritage School & Academy
American Heritage School & Academy’s Make-A-Wish Club returned again this year to participate in the Kids For Wish Kids program. Students raised funds throughout the year in a variety of ways including participating in the Broward Walk For Wishes, selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts, conducting bake sales and writing letters to Santa for the Macy’s Believe campaign. In total, the club raised more than $7,500 for Make-A-Wish Southern Florida.
Cooper City Elementary
Cooper City Elementary School’s Student Government organized a variety of fundraisers that the school participated in throughout the 2016-17 school year. In total, the group raised $3,000 for Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. The school’s continued support by participating in the Kids For Wish Kids program allows the foundation to grant the heartfelt wishes of local children who are battling critical illnesses.
Lunchtime Market at Nova University Lower School
Fourth grade students at Nova Southeastern University’s University School hosted the 4th Grade Annual Make-A-Wish Lunch Market in March to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. Over the course of four days, parents, students and teachers were invited to purchase toys, t-shirts, pencils, headphones and a variety of other items during lunch at a market. As a result of the fundraiser, $15,000 was raised to grant the wishes of children battling critical illnesses in our community.
Coral Springs Charter School Fundraisers
Coral Springs Charter School surpassed their $5,000 fundraising goal by running a series of Wednesdays at school selling Wish Stars, bracelets, and pizza during the month of March. Additionally, a Wish-A-Thon was held on May 13, 2016, where students participated learning new dances every hour and in gaming tournaments in an effort to help raise money for the cause.
Amber's Painting with a Passion
Amber Prista held a Painting with a Passion project where she hosted an art class at school. Kids paid a fixed fee to learn to paint their very own tumbler! In all, Amber's hard work raised $2,728 to grant wishes.
Shaina's Super Sweet 16
Shaina, who wished to go to Italy in 2012, wanted to give back so that another child can experience their heartfelt wish. She had a Sweet 16 birthday party and decided instead of presents she would rather ask guests to make a donation to Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. In all, she raised $600.”
Brownie and Daisy Girl Scouts Cookie Sales
Brownie and Daisy Girl Scouts Troop 10373 from the Pembroke Pines area stopped by the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida office to present a $1,000 check to help grant wishes. Over the two years that they have been a troop, they accumulated 35% of their combined cookie sale profits. According to their troop leaders Bianca and Frances, “It was important to the girls to help other kids. They learned a lot about Make-A-Wish. The girls really do feel that they made a difference and can call themselves wish granters.”
Maliek Byndloss, BMX Racer, hosted a clinic to benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. Participants received tips and training about BMX racing from Maliek, who just received the Rookie of the Year award. In exchange, they were asked to make a donation. Maliek will be holding more clinics to benefit Make-A-Wish with the goal of granting local children’s wishes. This event raised more than $500 to help make wishes come true.
Ava's 9th Birthday
Ava’s 9th Birthday At her 9th birthday party, Ava asked guests to make donations to Make-A-Wish Southern Florida in lieu of gifts. Supporting Make-A-Wish has become a tradition for Ava's family. Ten years ago, before passing away, Ava’s grandmother asked her loved ones to make donations to Make-A-Wish Southern Florida instead of sending flowers. Since then, Ava’s mother became a supporter of Make-A-Wish and she wanted to teach Ava the lesson of philanthropy. When Ava came to the Make-A-Wish office to present her $915 donation, she had a huge smile on her face.