During the last 12 years, OLHMS Mustangs have been able to sponsor more than 85 wishes for children who need hope and escape from the daily struggles of their illness. The 12 year grand total is $480,000!

On Friday, May 20th, OLHMS students and staff members came together at the annual Make-a-Wish Reward Assembly to recognize our school, community and their commitment in supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

This campaign has grown from just a Walk-a-Thon to the inclusion of a charity volleyball tournament which is supported by the Oak Lawn Police and Fire Departments, and a Jeans for Wishes fundraiser. This is a testimony to the efforts of the entire Oak Lawn Hometown community. The combined work and support of the community, parents, administrators, teachers, and students made this endeavor so successful. The OLHMS Student Council is indebted to all who have so generously contributed time and money to achieve such high goals. A total of $39,767 was raised this year — $27,618 from the Walk-a-Thon, $5,849 from the Volleyball Tournament, and $6,300 from the Jeans for Wishes campaign.

The Reward Assembly began with lively music provided by the jazz band, under the able direction of Mr. John Kehl. Special guests included Mayor Sandra Bury, Superintendent Dr. Paul Enderle, Assistant Superintendent Ms. Andrea Anderson, Sergeant James Pacetti, Mrs. Mary Pipala, and Ashley White, Gift Officer for Community Programs at Make-A-Wish. The morning included recognition of our forty-four Wall of Fame students, each raising $200 or more, a special “thank you” from wish child Donovan, a series of raffle prizes, many of which were donated by Oak Lawn and Hometown businesses, and games that included staff and students.