Little Fans pose with Star Wars Characters. | Jennifer Wirth

On May 4, the Lehi Junior High School held a family comic adventure night of epic proportions to make wishes come true and donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Volunteers from the school and community put their epic powers of volition on display at the event that proved to be a fun evening for all.

This past September, the faculty at Lehi Junior High School was contacted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and informed that one of their students would be receiving a wish. One of the hardest challenges a child and family can face is the battle against disease and illness. The Make-A-Wish Foundation believes that “Granting wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions gives them more than an amazing experience. A wish come true has the power to make kids feel stronger, more courageous, and more determined to overcome their illnesses. Many families and healthcare providers believe the wish experience is the turning point in a wish kid’s battle against their illness.”

Make-A-Wish invited Lehi Junior High staff and students to participate in the “Kids Wish for Kids” program, where the school and community come together to support a student who is facing serious medical challenges. While making plans for how best to raise funds to support this cause, staff at Lehi Junior High discovered that there are several children in  North Utah County waiting for wishes due to lack of funding. Lehi Junior High decided to go big and held an event that brought the entire community together for an outstanding cause.

The event was fittingly held on May 4th, a day already being heralded worldwide as “May the Fourth Be with You,” with people of all ages sporting their Star Wars t-shirts and paraphernalia. The night started out with cosplay characters from Star Wars walking the red carpet before posing for pictures with adoring fans. The red-carpet presentation continued throughout the evening, with celebrities such as Miss Utah and Miss Lehi and their attendants, BYU’s Cosmo, Swoops, The Avengers, Batman, and various Disney Princesses to name a few. All posed for pictures throughout the night.

Kids and adults alike came dressed as their favorite superheroes. With these celebrities in high demand, student “security guards” from Lehi Junior High School provided escort through the building. Firefighters and police officers came to show their support and participate in the event. There was something for everyone, with food trucks and treat stands, face painting to rocking-horse pony rides in the gym. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is widely known and has proven to bring out the best in volunteerism and donations.

“The Lehi Junior High School student council and over 50 student body volunteers who participated did a fantastic job, and they planned and carried out the entire event,” said Katie Shelley, who is a staff member at Lehi Junior High. “We as adult advisors really tried to stay out of the way and let the students take the lead. They had amazing ideas and really did a great job,” Shelley added.

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