Make-A-Wish visits Boulevard Elementary
As fourth grade classes gathered in the Boulevard Elementary School gym for a PBIS assembly, a large tarp covering a section of the floor signaled that something unusual was about to happen. Building principal Tom Komp and school counselor Sue Grossi were in on the secret: Make-A-Wish of Northeast New York was about to grant one student’s wish, and initiate the wish process for another.
First, Make-A-Wish representatives called Evan Brooks to the floor, where he was presented a plaque formally welcoming him to the Make-A-Wish program and inviting him to begin the wish process.
Then, it was time for the big Make-A-Wish reveal. Wish granter Ray Gawlak, Make-A-Wish CEO William Trigg and student volunteers gathered around fourth-grader Pyper Ferris who was excited to experience her fondest – albeit messiest – wish: to be “slimed” à la Nickelodeon’s Double Dare game show.
Wearing a pair of protective goggles and a huge smile, Pyper sat on a chair in the center of the gym as Gawlak, with Evan lending a helping hand, lifted the bucket and began pouring out the contents until Pyper was completely (and happily) covered in the bright green slime.
The messy fun did not end there, as Pyper took a turn sliming her wish granter, while student volunteers poured slime on the Make-A-Wish CEO and a reluctant Mrs. Grossi, who was a good sport!
Pyper’s wish continues on Nov. 17 when she and her family attend Nickelodeon’s Double Dare Live show at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady, courtesy of Make-A-Wish. During the show, Pyper will have an opportunity to run the famous Double Dare obstacle course!
Evan and his family will meet with his wish granters to discuss the next steps, which include determining, designing and coordinating his wish experience.
Principal Komp noted that Boulevard teachers and staff have long supported Make-A-Wish through its Adopt-A-Wish Holiday Campaign, which begins later this month. Make-A-Wish stars will be available for purchase at schools and other organizations for $1, $3 and $5. Donations help fund wishes locally and across the region. For more information, visit www.neny.wish.org.