Messalonskee High School Hands Off the Power of a Wish

“Share the Power of a Wish” is the slogan that captures the mission of Maine’s Make-A-Wish Foundation, a statewide nonprofit organization that grants big wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. “Sharing” was also critical to the JMG participants at Messalonskee High whose semester schedule made it necessary for one group of students who had begun work on JOY to hand it off to a second, incoming group of students to complete.

“It was a challenge,” acknowledged Specialist Robin Allen, “but the first semester students created a big Wall of Wishes, posting all of the facts and accomplishments of Make-A-Wish to bring the second semester students up to speed and get them motivated around the cause.” Students were able to maintain momentum in researching the grant recipient and fully contribute to the larger community wish for Ricky Gibson who wished for the Field of Dreams – a lighted football field at Community School District 10-Marranacook, ultimately benefiting a larger community for generations to come.