WWIF Presents Plaque to Florida School for Fundraising Efforts
School held a dress down day to raise money for foundation
In appreciation of St. Paul Lutheran School’s (Boca Raton, Fla.) fundraising efforts to support the Wishing Well International Foundation (WWIF), founder and CEO Guillermo Guzman presented Janet Tumminello, dean of students, with a plaque. The plaque read: "St. Paul Lutheran School. In appreciation of your leadership in supporting Wishing Well International Foundation. You have helped save lives."
Inspired by the story of Rachel Beckwith, the nine-year-old girl who decided to give up birthday presents to raise money to provide people with clean water and who died in a car accident last July, Delaney Hill of Lighthouse Point, Fla., decided she wanted to do the same thing in Beckwith's memory through WWIF in July 2011. Her birthday is August 25. Hill and her sister, Sophie, learned about WWIF through their mother, Kim Hill, who had been involved with the foundation since it started in 2010.
Hill’s goal, like Beckwith’s, was to raise $300. It did not take long for her teacher, Debra Bishop, to learn about her efforts. Bishop shared the story with school staff and Tumminello decided the school should join in. She declared the next dress down day “Dress Down Day for Water.” During dress down day, students bring a small donation for the chance to wear their choice of clothes instead of the school uniform. Hundreds of students joined in and helped raise enough money to provide Hydraid systems to directly impact nearly 200 people.
"This is a perfect example on how dreams come true. It starts with a seed, planted by Rachel and Delaney, and it ends with lives being saved. It is wonderful to see our youth involved in making a difference," Guzman said.