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FJHS’ FOR club raises over $1,000 for Make-A-Wish through Macy’s ‘Believe’ Campaign

The Fulton Junior High School (FJHS) Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club as a group decided to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York by participating in a Santa letter charitable fundraiser through Macy’s Department Stores.

During December, Macy’s stores accept letters to Santa and pledge to donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for every letter they received, up to $1 million nationwide.

Pictured left to right with the Santa letters are some of the members of the FOR Club, in front: Annamarie Michels, Daronda Scott, Alexus Pagan, Tyler Coant, Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, Jade Brien, and Justin Hatch. Second row: Lisa Catalina, Emily Paglia, Robert Salerno, Anthony Salerno, Zoie Bowering, Jessie Sharkey, Angelina Marotta, Kaitlyn Crandall and Jayden Conn. Third row: Gabriella Bailey, Cara Smith, Celeste Raponi, Scott Brown, Alfred Arduini, Gillian Brown and Jessica Kleiman.
Pictured left to right with the Santa letters are some of the members of the FOR Club, in front: Annamarie Michels, Daronda Scott, Alexus Pagan, Tyler Coant, Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, Jade Brien, and Justin Hatch. Second row: Lisa Catalina, Emily Paglia, Robert Salerno, Anthony Salerno, Zoie Bowering, Jessie Sharkey, Angelina Marotta, Kaitlyn Crandall and Jayden Conn. Third row: Gabriella Bailey, Cara Smith, Celeste Raponi, Scott Brown, Alfred Arduini, Gillian Brown and Jessica Kleiman. 

The group set a goal of 1,000 letters and when the final count was done, the tally reached 1,122 letters which translates to $1,122 for the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

FOR Club advisors are FJHS teachers Emily Paglia, Lisa Catalina and Scott Brown. The group was organized following a presentation by Rachel’s Challenge last year to continue the chain reaction of kindness and compassion in the school and community inspired by the life of Rachel Scott.

Rachel was the first person killed in the Columbine High School shooting in April of 1999. Her theory, that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same, was put to the test and judging by the overwhelming outpouring of kindness, compassion and generosity exhibited by the FOR group, it could be said that her theory has been proved true.