Kids for Wish Kids®

KFWKKids For Wish Kids® is a Make-A-Wish® program that enables students to discover philanthropy by selecting their own fundraising project and managing it from start to finish, with little or no help from their teachers. Students develop leadership skills, build self-esteem and learn about teamwork while working towards a final goal, making a difference in the life of a child who is fighting overwhelming odds.

Seeing the student interest in Make-A-Wish made me think of planting seeds and then watching the forest grow.”

— Volunteer, Frank Basile

Program Objectives

Kids for Wish KidsPutting the “fun” in fundraising, Kids for Wish Kids® offers youngsters a unique opportunity to raise money for some very special children - Make-A-Wish kids. 

Project Ideas

Here are some fun and successful ideas that other schools have used. In using a child’s imagination, your project ideas are endless!

Have a Make-A-Wish® Money Week.   On Monday, students donate their pennies; on Tuesday they donate nickels; on Wednesday they donate dimes; on Thursday they donate quarters; and on Friday, they donate one-dollar bills.  You may want to locate a bank that is willing to count your change.  One local elementary school raised $1,200 in one week!

Have a Dance Marathon.
   You will need to reserve your school’s gymnasium and ask a local DJ to donate his or her services.  Have students obtain pledges from relatives and friends and ask local businesses to make cash donations or donate food or gifts to use as door prizes for dancers.  Think of fun activities to keep dancers busy, i.e. the hokey pokey, the limbo, etc.  Determine a time frame for the marathon; we suggest six hours.

Sell cutouts.   You can make your own Make-A-Wish cutouts or order them through the Foundation.  Cutouts can be sold to students for $1.00 each.  Students then write their names on them, and the cutouts should then be displayed on a wall in your school to show your support of Make-A-Wish.  One local school district also gave some cutouts to their local businesses to sell to their customers! Together they raised $7,500 to help fund wishes for three local children.

Have a Paper Chain Link Contest.  Paper links are sold to students for 50 cents, and each grade makes a different color chain.  They compete to see who can make the longest paper chain for Make-A-Wish.

Have a Hat Day.
   Students give a $1.00 donation to wear a hat all day at school.  You may even want to give a prize to the student wearing the funniest hat.

Sell Candy-Grams.   For 50 cents or one dollar, kids write messages to friends and teachers, which are delivered during the day.  Each message has a piece of candy attached.  Candy-grams work especially well around holidays.

Have a Read-A-Thon.   Call Make-A-Wish for their Kids For Wish Kids pledge form or develop a simple pledge form of your own.  Next, send a letter home with students asking friends and relatives for pledges based on the number of books their child will read in one month.  At the end of the month, students collect the pledges and turn in their donation in to their teachers.

Have a Band or Choral Concert.   Collect donations at your next holiday or spring concert.  This is great for high school and middle school band and choral groups.  You can charge a small admission fee or pass around a can to collect donations.

Have a Pajama Party.   Have a school dance where everyone has to wear his or her pajamas.  Charge an admission fee for Make-A-Wish.

Organize a Student/Teacher Basketball or Volleyball Game.   Students and teachers compete against each other in basketball, volleyball or any other sporting event you devise.  Funds are raised through an admission fee and sale of refreshments.  A 50/50 raffle could also be used during the game.

KFWK Event Spotlight

Recognizing the fundraising efforts of local children participating in our Kids for Wish Kids® program.

Lakeview Elementary School

Lakeview Elementary School hosted their 18th Annual Staff vs Students basketball game on Friday, May 16th and raised over $19,500 to help sponsor Justin’s wish. Great job Lakeview Elementary!!!

100% of the proceeds from the cost of admission, raffles, baked goods and silent auction will be going to Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley.

  • Lakeview Elementary - Staff vs Students Charity Basketball Game

  • Lakeview Elementary - Staff vs Students Charity Basketball Game

  • Lakeview Elementary - Staff vs Students Charity Basketball Game

  • Lakeview Elementary - Staff vs Students Charity Basketball Game

  • Lakeview Elementary - Staff vs Students Charity Basketball Game

  • Lakeview Elementary - Staff vs Students Charity Basketball Game

  • Lakeview Elementary - Staff vs Students Charity Basketball Game

  • Lakeview Elementary - Staff vs Students Charity Basketball Game

  • Lakeview Elementary - Staff vs Students Charity Basketball Game

KFWK Events

Special thanks to our KFWK supporters!

2013 KFWK Participants

Loretta's Mitzvah Project 

Loretta's Mitzvah Project (Florida, NY)

Loretta raised $1,220 for her Mitzvah project held on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the Temple Beth Shalom in Florida, NY. Thank you Loretta for helping wishes come true!


Pied Piper Pre-School 

Pied Piper Pre-School (Yorktown Heights, NY)

Pied Piper Pre-School of Yorktown Heights, NY hosted a Penny War and Walkathon at their nursery school for Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley. They raised over $1,400!  Special thanks to our youngest supporters!


Clarkstown HS North - JV Softball Team Fundraiser Clarkstown High School North (New City, NY)

The JV Softball team at Clarkstown High School North hosted a fundraiser which raised over $400! Way to go ladies!
Girl Scout Troop 14 - Walden, NY
Girl Scout Troop 14 (Walden, NY)

    Troop 14 Girl Scout Troop in Walden, NY helped raise $349 by recycling bottles and cans. Great way to Recycle for Wishes!

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