Whitehurst Fifth Grade Continues Support of Dreams Come True
For the 23rd year, the fifth grade class on the Whitehurst Campus has sponsored a child through the Dreams Come True organization. With a sense of compassion and charity, the students came up with various ways to raise money to provide a special opportunity for a deserving child.
With their combined effort, the fifth grade students collected nearly $3,500 for a young boy named Jaiden
. He will enjoy a week-long trip to the Orlando area, staying in Disney’s “Give Kids a Dream” Village with tickets to all of the area theme parks, all-you-can-eat ice cream, and several other special perks for an amazing experience!
The fifth grade students held raffles, bake sales, made bracelets, and more to raise money for Jaiden’s dream gift. One student, Rachel Johns
, ran a mile every day for 40 days, earning money from sponsors for each mile. Along with a bake sale, she collected over $1,100 to donate to Dreams Come True. Fifth grade teacher Dawn Collins
was so impressed by Rachel’s effort that she composed a poem for her (see below).
Jaiden and his mother, Brittany
, visited the Whitehurst Campus fifth grade classrooms on April 5 for a party and to officially receive his dream gift from a Dreams Come True representative. The students provided several other gifts for Jaiden, including Disney-themed toys, games, pajamas, and more. Families provided gifts to an appreciative Brittany as well. After Jaiden enjoyed receiving his gifts, everyone continued the celebration with lunch, cake, and other special treats.
By Dawn Collins
There once was a fifth grade girl named Rachel
Who wanted to do her part for Dreams Come True.
She thought and thought and thought and thought
and thought about what she could do.
“Our little dream child, Jaiden and his family deserve a break.
I need to do my part,” she proclaimed. “It’s important for goodness sake!”
First she had her own bake sale; four hundred dollars and forty three cents she raised.
Now this was an act of love for which Rachel Johns should be praised.
But then….. she ran for forty days a mile each and every day.
We’ll bet that you will never imagine the amount of money to her they did pay.
A whopping seven hundred sixteen dollars and seventeen cents, our friend Rachel took in.
Making the grand total one thousand, one hundred, sixty-one dollars and fifty cents for our special dream child, Jaiden.
So on this Thursday, April 5, Rachel, it is your compassionate spirit we celebrate.
We are all so very proud of you and especially honored to be known as your classmates.
Thank you, Rachel!