Wishes Do Come True for Ahwatukee Eighth Grade Girls
As eighth-grade students await the end of an era at junior high and prepare for high school, they need to find the best outfit for their promotion event. The Kyrene School District, in Ahwatukee, hosts a graduation ceremony to recognize their students in finishing their years at the middle school. Unfortunately, some girls cannot afford to look their very best that day while others are in fancy dresses.
For the past three year, the Kyrene Foundation has its Wishes Come True event that donates dresses to students who are unable to purchase one for that day. According to Ahwatukee Foothills News, this year over 25 volunteers helped the girls find the right dress. 150 students were invited to attend the annual Wishes Come True.
“Our goal is to provide a special occasion dress for girls who can’t afford them for their eighth-grade promotion,” said Amanda Nosbisch, program manager of community education and outreach for Kyrene, in the recent article. “Not every girl can afford a one-time special occasion dress, so we are here to make wishes come true.”
Luckily – the community is more than willing to help out with donations. So, throughout the year they gather dresses to save up just for this special event. This year was a little different, the Kyrene Foundation received a special donation from the Carsten Institute of Cosmetology in Tempe, as well as their sister school in New York. They gave more than 150 dresses and 10 certificates for students to get their hair done.
On top of getting beautiful, dream dresses and their hair styled, the foundation also gave the girls a variety of hygiene products such as hair products, makeup and body lotions. In addition, families that attended the event were given beauty tips from professionals, along with a makeover.
In the end, it is all worth it when they see the girls’ smiles before the big Ahwatukee event. The Kyrene Foundation will continue to help each year, with continued help from a number of selfless schools, community members, and organizations.