Lazar Middle students prove that WISHes can come true
WISH (What If Students Helped) helps 100 children in foster care this holiday season.
Nine years ago, a Robert R. Lazar Middle
School student brought the needs of children living in the Morris County Foster
Care system to the attention of teacher Danielle Vytell-Mitschele. At the time Vytell-Mitschele
and her students selected one foster child to sponsor with gifts and other
needs. Over the intervening years, the project’s scope has grown.
This December, Vytell-Mitschele’s
Advisory Leadership students expanded the school’s foster care goals. The
Advisory Leadership students call themselves WISH (What If Students Helped).
Together the group launched a campaign to assist 100 foster children. By
reaching out to teachers and the community at large, gifts came pouring in.
On Monday, December
19, 2016, a van headed to the Morris County Foster Care program arrived at Lazar,
a Montville Township Public Schools facility. The Advisory Leadership students
helped to load more than 200 wrapped, tagged, and numerically organized gifts
into the vehicle.
“It is amazing to see
the true meaning of the holidays through our students’ eyes,” said Assistant
Principal John Piselli. “We are so proud of our students for undertaking
this wonderful task!”
Piselli extended a
special thank you to Vytell-Mischele for expanding the scope of the foster care
project year after year.
“The students and
staff at Lazar Middle School await this drive each year,” Piselli noted.
In time for the 2016
holiday season, the gifts will be distributed to foster children throughout