Community Walks for a Wish

Community Walks for a Wish Photo

Students, families and faculty members from throughout the district took part in the annual Walk for a Wish fundraising event on April 22 to raise money for 13 year-old Alexa from Deer Park who is challenged with a neuromuscular disorder. The district raised 14,087 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and grant Alexa’s wish to travel to Greece this July.

Washington Drive Primary School’s Act of Kindness Committee, Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School Walk for a Wish Committee and both school PTA’s helped organize the event. Finding her love of Greek mythology at a young age, Alexa thanked the Harborfields community for their support in helping her dream of going to Athens come true. She greeted the crowd with representatives from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County.

“Most of the time the children who are granted these wishes are confined to a lot of doctor visits and hospital stays,” said Make-A-Wish Community Relations Manager Kellie Ryan. “By giving them the opportunity to have a wish granted, you help reopen their imaginations and give them something positive to focus on.”

The rain did not keep supporters away as many community members came out to walk the track at Harborfields High School for Alexa. Members of the high school concert choir kicked off the walk with a performance of the National Anthem and members of the high school jazz band led the first lap around the field while community members followed.

Throughout the event, the PTA sold pedometers and wristbands with proceeds going towards the cause and stories were shared over the loud speaker about how students throughout the district did their part and raised money.