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Join CCSD 89 in donating to Make-A-Wish

Community Consolidated School District 89 will again be supporting Make-A-Wish families by allowing staff to buy a $20 “jeans pass” for the week of March 20-24. Community members can also support Make-A-Wish now by donating at:

The “Wishmakers at Work” program supports children with life-threatening medical conditions. Thanks to support from volunteers and corporate partners, children can have their wishes granted for free. The last year the district participated in the program donors raised $6,425. The district has once again set a goal to raise at least $5,000. Altogether, the district has raised more than $28,000 for Make-A-Wish Illinois.

Glen Crest student Nikita recently received a trip to Hawaii through the Make-A-Wish program. See photos from his trip at:

Other CCSD 89 families who were supported by Make-A-Wish have shared their stories in past years. The students include:

  • Jaysen Cook-Bey, a Park View graduate, had a cancerous brain tumor that required weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. His Make-A-Wish trip to Hawaii gave him the inspiration he needed to continue treatments:
  • Tony Anderson, an Arbor View and Glen Crest grad, has an incurable muscle-wasting disease. Tony and his family received a Make-A-Wish trip to Florida, where Tony was able to swim with dolphins. See Tony’s story:
  • Chloe Gelber, a Glen Crest grad, was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 4 years old. She spent the next three years in treatment. See Chloe’s story:
  • Drew Ames, a Briar Glen grad, was diagnosed with leukemia when he was three. See Drew’s story:
  • Dylan Full, an Arbor View grad, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor when he was five. See Dylan’s story:

Make-A-Wish is the world’s largest wish-granting organization. For more than 30 years, Make-A-Wish has been granting unique wishes that change lives for children and their families. The organization has granted more than 315,000 wishes since 1980. Learn more at

Wishes are made possible through volunteers who support local chapters. The funds donated to Illinois Make-A-Wish are used to help children in Illinois.

This year’s fundraising campaign is organized by CCSD 89 District Nurse Sandy Lawinger.

Posted: February 22, 2023