LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The Little Falls School District held three walk-a-thons on Friday, June 22, to raise money for The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey.
With a goal of raising $10,000, the average cost of a wish in the Garden State, Make-A-Wish volunteer Anne Kahwaty contacted school district officialls about a planning a fundraiser that would involve the students and raise money and awareness.
“I reached out to Superintendent Tracey Marinelli this spring to see what she thought would be a reasonable timeframe to achieve our goal and she insisted that we could get there by the end of the year," Kahwaty said. "And we did it!”
The fundraiser also had an online component where parents, students, teachers, and anyone else could donate, and included the proceeds from a student talent show and a “wishing well” for donations of change.
“We were finding $5, $20, and even $100 bills in the well sometimes. It was incredible,” said Superintendent Marinelli. “We are overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity. We truly saw Hornet Pride in action with our students and community giving to those in need.” The events on the 22nd were the culmination of the month-long efforts and ended with Mrs. Marinelli presenting Mrs. Kahwaty with the “big check” for the charity.
The funds raised, which already total over $11,000, will go towards granting two wishes in Passaic County, one to a boy and the other to a girl, both of whom asked for computer equipment as their wish.