Kutz­town 7th grader sur­prised with Make A Wish trip to Dis­ney World

Dis­ney princesses and char­ac­ters add lit­tle Dis­ney magic to cel­e­bra­tion for Sarah Kent, 12

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - FRONT PAGE - By Brady Tucker For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

A Kutz­town Area Mid­dle School stu­dent re­ceived the sur­prise of her life on Sept. 29. Sarah Kent, 12, and her fam­ily are headed to Dis­ney World through the Make A Wish Foun­da­tion.

To start the fes­tiv­i­ties, Sarah and her fam­ily had a very special send-off from the fac­ulty and stu­dents of Kutz­town Area Mid­dle School. Posters, bal­loons, tiaras, and all the Dis­ney princesses and char­ac­ters imag­in­able were there to add a lit­tle Dis­ney magic to this cel­e­bra­tion.

Sarah, a stu­dent in the mid­dle school’s life skills class­room, has Ohdo Syn­drome, an ex­tremely rare dis­or­der that cre­ates de­vel­op­men­tal, speech, and in­tel­lec­tual de­lays. There are only 100 known cases in the world. Hal­lie Schu­macher, a guid­ance coun­selor at KAMS and the master of cer­e­monies for this event, said this send-off was a per­fect way to cel­e­brate a very special girl.

“Sarah is a sweet, kind, funny, lov­ing young lady. She is a char­ac­ter and loves to have fun and loves to joke with every­one. She makes you smile as soon as you see her in a class­room or hall­way. Though she faces many chal­lenges, she is a fighter and meets those chal­lenges each day with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and tremen­dous spirit! This is our sec­ond stu­dent in the last two years to have a Make A Wish granted, so we feel in­cred­i­bly blessed and for­tu­nate as a school.”

Sarah’s teach­ers, Mrs. Dawn Staro­lis and Mrs. Joanne Waidelich, be­gan plan­ning this event as soon as they found out Sarah was granted her Make A Wish to Dis­ney. Raschelle (Shelly) Bean, Sarah’s per­sonal care nurse, who dressed as Olaf for the cel­e­bra­tion, was the one who sub­mit­ted the Make A Wish ap­pli­ca­tion.

“The idea was in my mind for some time since I started work-

ing with Sarah five years ago. This is quite special for Sarah since she has had so many chal­lenges and ob­sta­cles to over­come in her short 12 years. She’s a peo­ple per­son and she loves any­thing Dis­ney so for her to be able to go see all of her fa­vorite char­ac­ters in real life she will be over the moon.”

Shelly also hopes Sarah and her fam­ily can have the time of their lives down in Dis­ney World.

“All at Kutz­town Mid­dle School in­clud­ing my­self hope Sarah and her fam­ily re­al­ize how much joy she brings to every­one and it’s a bless­ing to know her. We wish her all the hap­pi­ness in the world dur­ing this next week and hope it’s filled with lots of ex­cite­ment and ad­ven­ture!”

To add to the cer­e­mony, a video was played on the big screen, with mul­ti­ple Dis­ney princesses speak­ing di­rectly to Sarah, ex­press­ing their de­sire to meet her. Also, the Mid­dle School Jazz Band and Jazz Choir, un­der the di­rec­tion of Shan­non Sun­day and Carl Zeplin, added to the Dis­ney magic by play­ing and singing the Dis­ney fa­vorite “Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast.” The fes­tiv­i­ties con­tin­ued through­out the day, as there were many fun events planned in the life skills class­room.

Joanne Waidelich said after Sarah went back to the class­room, a special guest, Cin­derella, came for Sarah’s corona­tion and do an in­ter­ac­tive story with the class. There was cas­tle pizza and a cake. In the af­ter­noon, they made string art Mickey faces with the help of the art home­room and painted pump­kins do­nated by a para in the school.

“As a staff, we try to im­press upon our stu­dents to be kind first,” Schu­macher said. “We al­ways im­press upon our stu­dents to be a Hero on the Hill here at (KAMS), which means to al­ways find a way to help or brighten some­one’s day. There is no bet­ter way to demon­strate that mantra than by cel­e­brat­ing Sarah with a show of love and sup­port.”

Sarah and her fam­ily will spend the next week at Dis­ney World get­ting the royal treat­ment. Thanks to the kind­ness and love from Sarah’s peers and teach­ers at Kutz­town Area Mid­dle School, that royal treat­ment was able to start a lit­tle bit early. Brady Tucker is a se­nior at Kutz­town High School and an in­tern at Kutz­town Pa­triot.

BRADY TUCKER - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Kutz­town 7th grader Sarah Kent, 12, was sur­prised with Make A Wish trip to Dis­ney World. Teach­ers dressed up as Dis­ney char­ac­ters for the cel­e­bra­tion on Sept. 29. Her class­mates joined in the Dis­ney fun.

BRADY TUCKER - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ban­ner for Kutz­town 7th grader Sarah Kent, 12, who was sur­prised with Make A Wish trip to Dis­ney World.

BRADY TUCKER - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Kutz­town 7th grader Sarah Kent, 12, was sur­prised with Make A Wish trip to Dis­ney World. Teach­ers dressed up as Dis­ney char­ac­ters for the cel­e­bra­tion on Sept. 29.

BRADY TUCKER - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Kutz­town 7th grader Sarah Kent, 12, was sur­prised with Make A Wish trip to Dis­ney World. Raschelle (Shelly) Bean, Sarah’s per­sonal care nurse, dressed as Olaf for the cel­e­bra­tion.

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