WDPS and Harborfields Community Raises $20,000 for Walk for a Wish


On April 9, the Washington Drive Primary School community held its annual Walk for a Wish around the high school track. To participate, students were encouraged to raise money, either through seeking donations, donating their allowances, or holding their own individual fundraisers. All money raised for the event was donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to seriously ill children.
The Harborfields community truly united for this event, with almost 1,000 people in attendance, making this year’s Walk for a Wish the most successful to date. While the school’s goal was to raise more than last year, the community far surpassed this amount by donating approximately $20,000! This year’s Walk for a Wish brings the grand total raised for the Make a Wish Foundation over the past four years to nearly $51,000.
With the funds raised this year, Washington Drive is able to grant the wish of Bonnie, a three-year-old girl from Bay Shore who suffers from chronic lung disease. Bonnie’s wish is to go to Disney World. Since the community raised almost $20,000, the Make a Wish foundation is not only able to send Bonnie and her parents to Disney World, but Bonnie’s 12 other special needs siblings and two additional adults, as well. The “enhanced” wish is truly a dream for the family.
At the Walk for a Wish event, students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members walked in unity around the high school track for one hour. Students were proud to hand over the earnings to benefit other children. According to first-grade student Sophia Karl, who raised money by selling a dress on eBay and folding laundry at home, “I wanted to help other people who were sick.” Fellow student Alexandra Paul also got in the spirit of giving by helping her mom clean dishes and fold laundry. “I’m just trying to help,” Alexandra said.
Thank you to all who participated in this worthy cause, especially the following high school athletic teams who lent their support: Boys’ JV and Varsity Lacrosse, Oldfield Middle School Boys’ Lacrosse, Girls’ JV and Varsity Lacrosse, Girls’ JV and Varsity Softball, and Boys’ Varsity Baseball.