Fourth-graders help grant wishes

Mar 11, 2014
Scott Dyer, music teacher presents a check to Tom Peaco, executive director of Make-A-Wish as fourth-graders look on.

Rockport — In December, students from Camden-Rockport Elementary School fourth-grade class hosted a dinner theater for family and friends under the direction of their general music teacher, Scott Dyer.

The evening’s music included songs from the period of the time when singing was a pastime in which everyone felt a need to participate. Peter, Paul and Mary, the Beatles and other artists’ works were shared, with the audience invited to join in the fun.

The students served the three course meal, allowing parents and friends a chance to get to know each other. Even the menu planning held close community ties, consisting of locally sourced food prepared by the school’s cafeteria staff.

The community spirit did not stop there, however. At the end of the event, the parents donated $381 in tips to their student waitstaff for a class party. The class voted to forego a party and donate the money instead to children in the community who were less fortunate.

The final decision was the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes for children who are gravely ill.

Tom Peaco, executive director for Make-A-Wish visited Camden-Rockport Elementary School Friday, Feb. 28 and shared stories of some recently granted wishes to children in Knox County.

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