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Kids For Wish Kids®

What is Kids For Wish Kids?

Local children do it all — organize, raise funds and manage their programs with support from parents or teacher advisors. This hands-on experience helps kids to see first-hand how they can impact another kid’s life by helping grant his or her wish.

As kids, you are responsible for forming committees, coming up with fundraising ideas and carrying them out. Teachers and parents often serve as advisers, but ownership of the group belongs solely to you and the other kids involved.

The Kids For Wish Kids program helps to increase awareness of the Make-A-Wish® mission and involves more people in helping to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Kids For Wish Kids is managed by kids like you!

But Kids For Wish Kids does much more than that — it fosters the value of community service by providing you with hands-on experience in helping to grant wishes through your Make-A-Wish Kansas. It also provides a mechanism for building school spirit and creating an additional partnership between children and teachers outside of the classroom.

The opportunities available for fundraising activities through the Kids For Wish Kids program are endless — anything from a bake sale or penny war to a dance marathon or student/teacher basketball game — it's all up to your imagination.

Register your organization now and get started today, raising money for the wishes of local children.  Contact Bethany Shirk, Communications and Community Relations Manager, at the Kansas chapter office at 316-838-9474, extension 1002.

Project Ideas

Kids For Wish Kids® fundraising projects are only limited by imagination. Kids can select from the ideas listed below or developing something new.

Remember to get approval from the Kansas chapter before launching any fundraising effort.

Have a “penny war”

Arrange for a contest between grades or homerooms to collect the most amount of pennies. Silver coins and dollar bills can be put in the opposing team's containers to count against the pennies. Have prizes such as a “pig-out party” with “p” foods — pizza, popcorn, pretzels, potato chips, etc. You may want to find a bank that is willing to count the pennies.

Hold student/teacher games

Organize basketball, softball, volleyball or flag football games between students and teachers. Charge admission to the games and sell refreshments. You can also hold a raffle during the games.

Host a dance marathon

Reserve the school gymnasium and ask a local deejay to donate his or her services. Have students pair up and obtain pledges from relatives and friends. Determine a length of time for the event (for instance, five hours).

Announce a dress-down day

If your school has a dress code, find out if students can contribute a small fee to wear casual clothes for the day. Teachers can participate too!

Coordinate a “Superstars for Wishes” event

A committee of students cuts out stars made of construction paper. Students purchase the stars and write their wishes on them. Then hang the stars in a popular area of the school, such as a hallway or cafeteria.

Sell candy-grams

For 50 cents, kids write messages to friends and teachers that are delivered during the day. Each message is accompanied by a piece of candy. Candy-grams work especially well around a holiday.

To get started, have a parent or teacher contact Bethany Shirk, Communications and Community Relations Manager, at the Kansas chapter office at 316-838-9474, extension 1002.

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Make-A-Wish® Kansas
1144 N St. Francis
Wichita, KS 67214
(316) 838-9474
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