Photo MM6: After the trips to Legoland and Disney World were announced, Andrew, holding the football signed by the Georgia football coach and team, is pictured with his family and surrounded by SMS 8th graders. They are, front row, l-r, Mary Claire Vaughan, Blakley Glover, and Rory Edwards; middle row, kneeling, Trey Prell (#2), Cade Franklin (#6), and Tanner Snow (#34); back row, Adam Lepkowski and Evan Warren.
Simmons Middle School Reveals Magic Moment
for Hoover Child
At a recent gathering of Simmons Middle School faculty and students, it looked like any other pep rally day, but this one was extra special. This was the one where Simmons welcomed a special guest who was the recipient of a month-long fundraising opportunity by the school in order to fulfill the non-medical wish of a chronically ill, Alabama child.
The SMS band played and students, dressed in red, white, and black, were cheering as three judges entered the gym. Two of the judges, teachers Carrie McGrann and Dan Cater, were in on the surprise, but guest judge, Hoover City School student Andrew, thought he was at Simmons to judge a grade-level, Lego competition at the pep rally.
Clipboard in hand, the three judges made their way first to the Gotham City creation by the 6th graders, then to a Medieval Times castle by the 7th graders, and finally to the 8th graders creation of Sanford Stadium, home of the Georgia Bulldogs, a favorite team of Andrew’s. A few 8th grade football players ran a play and then presented Andrew with a football signed by the Bulldog’s head coach and all the Georgia players. But the surprise didn’t end there.
Simmons Principal Brian Cain then said he knew how much how Andrew liked both Legos and Disney, “So,” he began, “you and your family are going to…” and the students and faculty helped announce the surprise by cheering in unison, “Legoland and Disney World!”
Andrew, his family, a friend, and his principal and teachers from his school all shared in Andrew’s excitement. Representatives of Magic Moments then spoke to those gathered thanking them for helping to grant Andrew’s magic moment.
This was Simmons second year granting a magic moment to an ill child. Students raised money from Oct. 11-Nov. 10, 2016 in a variety of ways: donations, concessions at school dances, and the opportunity to wear sweatpants and hats. The school raised $4,000 for Andrew’s magic moment. Simmons will be granting another child a magic moment in February 2017.
Magic Moments has been grating wishes for 32 years. It is the only wish-granting organization devoted exclusively to creating magic moments in the lives of children in Alabama with chronically, life-threatening medical conditions. A magic moment allows children and their families to forget, even if just for a little while, the fear and pain of their illness. More information about the organization can be found at http://www.magicmoments.org.