Adopt-A-Wish returns to Boulevard school

Charity fundraiser held for the 16th year

GLOVERSVILLE — Again this year Boulevard Elementary School is participating in the Adopt-A-Wish holiday campaign by selling stars featuring the picture and wish of a local child battling a life-threatening condition to help make the wishes of these children come true.

According to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting a child’s wish can help give them “the strength, hope and joy to keep going with their medical treatments and move forward into their future. You are not only giving them the memorable experience of a wish, but studies show the children battling critical illnesses have better health outcomes than those that don’t. It truly is an essential part of their treatment.”

The annual Adopt-A-Wish holiday campaign establishes the foundation of wish granting funds for the coming year to ensure that the wish of every eligible local child is granted. For the 16th straight year, Boulevard Elementary School will participate in the campaign selling the iconic paper stars for $1 each to support Make-A-Wish Northeast New York.

“One hundred percent of the net proceeds go directly to making local children’s wishes come true,” explained school counselor Susan Grossi.

Grossi and Diana Adams are the current coordinators of the initiative at Boulevard. This year’s campaign was scheduled to kick-off with a school assembly on Monday, but a snow day led the assembly to be rescheduled for Friday. Grossi said in the meantime the campaign that runs through Dec. 19 is currently underway.

A letter was sent home to parents before the Thanksgiving recess to inform them of the initiative with a form that can be filled out and returned by those interested in making a donation. Community members can also purchase a star by contacting the school.

For each $1 donation the contributor receives a paper star that can be displayed at Boulevard or taken home, something Grossi said many students and staff members do.

“Some take the stars home to hang as a Christmas tree ornament,” Grossi said. “Some kids give them as gifts of thanks to their teacher, they color them in and decorate them.”

To help raise awareness among students, Grossi and Adams have organized a classroom poster contest that allows each of the 30 classes across the school to submit a poster designed by the entire class related to the Adopt-A-Wish campaign.

Three winning designs will be selected and announced during the Dec. 13 school assembly. For first place the winning classroom will receive a pizza and ice cream party, for second place an ice cream party and for third place each student in the class will receive a coupon for a free kids meal from Friendly’s.

Students in Boulevard’s Kindness Club will help further spread the word among the school by making additional posters advertising the campaign to hang throughout the building. Students at Boulevard are likely already familiar with Make-A-Wish after two of their classmates were selected as wish kids last school year, with Pyper Ferris receiving her wish to be slimed with the green substance commonly tossed about on Nickelodeon during a school assembly.

“It brought it closer to our community that it was right here in our building,” Grossi said. “It happens right in your own neighborhoods, there are wish kids right here in Gloversville.”

Grossi played an active role in making that wish come true when she also had a bucket of slime poured over her head much to the delight of the student body. Grossi said she was happy to do it when she saw the joy having her wish granted brought Ferris and the lasting impact its had.

The school counselor said she buys several stars each year to help make the dreams of children battling critical illnesses come true.

“Make-A-Wish is an organization you can feel good about supporting knowing that you are creating a life changing wish for children facing critical illnesses,” Grossi said.

Wish stars will be available for purchase for $1 at Boulevard Elementary School through Dec. 19 as part of the Adopt-A-Wish holiday campaign. To purchase a star contact Susan Grossi by phone at (518) 775-5747 or email at sgrossi@gesdk12.org.


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