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Walking for Wishes a Huge Success!

Fourth Grade ClassMonday, April 30 was a huge day at Monte Vista. All students ran for 20 minutes to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, granting wishes for three young cancer survivors. Jaelyn was diagnosed at age 5, and her surgery left her very weak. Now she is 6 and she is getting stronger. Penny had a brain tumor and has had two surgeries, chemotherapy treatments, and radiation treatments. She is 5 years old and loves animals. Joshua was diagnosed with leukemia at age 6. He also had chemotherapy. Students collected pledges the week before the race, and even with a cold, rainy day, they ran 6,273 laps and 1129.14 miles. (Second grade ran the most average laps per student, at 7.67 laps, barely edging 5th, 1st, and 4th grades.) By May 8, when the fundraiser ended, families at Monte Vista had collected and donated over $15,100. All three children will be able to go with their families to Disney World for their wishes. Fourth grade raised the most money of any grade, with average student donations of $18.65. Class leaders were Ms. Yi’s class with $29.70 per student and Ms. Jensen’s class with $27.34 per student. Monte Vista has granted wishes for 24 children over the previous 8 years, earning a total of nearly $130,000. Each year’s Walking for Wishes has been coordinated by 6th grade teacher, Alicia Rasmussen. This year her parents came from Oregon to support the event with professional race equipment. Thank you to Alicia, all who helped, Monte Vista students, and all who contributed to the success of this amazing event.
Joshua's Thank You Video

Jaelynn's Thank You Video