Number of Participants: 100
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $845
Event Amount Raised: $9,500
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: January 4, 2023
RAYMOND J LOCKHART SCHOOL
Pittsburgh Avenue, Massapequa
It was another very successful year for the annual Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser at Lockhart Elementary School in the Massapequa School District. Students and staff collectively raised more than $9,500, which will grant wishes to three children.
The 34th annual Make-A-Wish concert on Dec. 23 featured musical performances by the fifth grade band, chorus and orchestra, as well as a holiday sing-along. The musical presentation is traditionally held the day before the holiday break to celebrate the generosity of the Lockhart community. In 34 years, the school has donated more than $190,000 to Make-A-Wish, including $9,530 this year.
Assistant Principal Louisa Vecchione said that the donation was made possible by small and large acts of kindness. Money was raised from a walk-a-thon, bracelet sale and contributions from families.
“This truly continues to be a community effort,” she said. “We are one little school but our impact has been tremendous.”
The wishes that Lockhart will grant this year are a ski trip to Alaska for a 10-year-old boy, an adaptive play set for the backyard of an 11-year-old girl and a puppy for a 13-year-old boy. Joan Siedlecki, a wish granter for the foundation, was on hand to accept the donation from Lockhart’s student council.
Diane Bacheller, the student council adviser, said the annual Make-A-Wish concert is a tradition steeped in the joy and excitement of giving to other people.
Musical performances included Christmas, Hanukkah and winter songs by the orchestra under the direction of Alison Pearl, the band conducted by Nicole Boyle and the chorus led by Kathleen Dyckman and special guest conductor Vincent Green, Massapequa’s director of fine and performing arts.
1: Lockhart Elementary School raised $9,530 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation this year. From left are Massapequa Superintendent Dr. William Brennan, student council adviser Diane Bacheller, Assistant Principal Louisa Vecchione, wish granter Joan Siedlecki and Board of Education Secretary Gary Baldinger, along with student council officers.
2: The fifth grade orchestra performed at the 34th annual Make-A-Wish Concert on Dec. 23.
3: Choral students entertained the audience with a lively performance of “Holiday Lights.”
4: Nicole Boyle conducted the fifth grade band.
Photos courtesy of the Massapequa School District