More than 40 Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School students hopped on a bus Monday morning headed for downtown Chicago. For some, this was a familiar trip to the Make-a-Wish Chicago headquarters, for others it was the first time they got the chance to be featured on the Wall of Champions. To earn the honor, each student had to raise a minimum of $200 for Make-a-Wish some raised over a thousand dollars for the organization that grants wishes for sick children. No matter what they raised they all had the same goal, to help those less fortunate than them.
“Raising this much money means that I am contributing as much as I can to the organization and am helping a child’s wish come true. It feels good to know I am helping the cause, I raised this much money because my family has had experience with cancer and I know it can affect the person going through it, and their families,” said 7th Grade OLHMS Student, Gianna Zampillo.
Student’s got a first-hand look at where their donations go and saw how the Chicago Make-A-Wish offices work to grant the wishes of local children fighting diseases big and small.
“I raise money because my brother had a wish granted, so I have seen first hand what Make-A-Wish does and really wanted to give back to them,” said Alex DeAngeles.
From there it was time to hop on the bus once again and visit Wrigley Field, the home of the 2016 World Series Champions! Students got a behind the scenes tour of the visitor locker room, Cubs dugout, and even got to set foot on the field.
The 43 students that got the chance to go on the Champion field trip raised a total of $16,542 of the $39,206 Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School raised this year alone. More than 330 students are registered to take part in the Make-A-Wish Walkathon this Friday!
Oak Lawn-Hometown District 123 is the top fundraising school in Illinois for Make-A-Wish.