The students at Hungerford Elementary School in Eatonville recently donated funds to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, and while that is no small feat for any child, the story behind their donation is even more heartfelt.
Students at Hungerford recently read “Wishtree,” the latest book by award-winning children’s author Katherine Applegate. The story is about an old oak tree that watches over the neighborhood and receives wishes from its residents tied to its branches. Wishes for hope, peace, respect and all sorts of concerns.
After reading the book, students tied their own wishes to a Wish Tree outside the media center. Some of the students’ wishes included messages that read, “I wish my grandma were alive,” “I wish skin color didn’t matter,” and “I wish people would love each other more.”
One wish they could act on is that no kid should be hungry, especially in the wake of recent hurricanes. Through a series of fundraisers, including dress-down days and a special treat from Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, the school raised over $400 to fight hunger.
Thank you, Hungerford students. Keep reading and wishing!