Ravenwood High School students this week announced that a five-year-old girl’s wish to meet the Disney princesses at Walt Disney World® Resort had been granted.
The students raised $14,000 to benefit Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee this school year. Mary Katherine Rankin, 5, who suffers from a cardiac condition, was feted with a school assembly with students dressed as Disney characters, and a tea party with the student princesses, as part of the wish announcement.
When Mary Katherine heads to Florida, she is most looking forward to meeting the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. She also wants to meet the superhero villains so she can prove her bravery and show she’s “not scared
Ravenwood is a longtime supporter of Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee’s Kids For Wish Kids program. In the fall semester, the student council hosted the annual Dodge For A Cause dodgeball tournament, and in the spring, the annual Mr. RHS pageant as a fundraiser.
“This was such a special day for Mary Katherine and our family,” said Amy Rankin, Mary Katherine’s mom. “We are truly humbled by all the students at RHS for how they help Make-A-Wish.”
“Ravenwood High School students really embrace the Kids For Wish Kids spirit,” said Grace Bingham, Senior Development Manager at Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. “They really are ‘kids helping kids.’ Since the beginning of our partnership with Ravenwood, the students have raised almost $75,000, and they
have set a great example for other Williamson County schools. We are grateful for the hard work and dedication they put forth to help us create life-changing wishes in Middle Tennessee.”
Currently, there are more than 200 children with critical illnesses, like Mary Katherine, who are waiting to have their wishes granted.
To find out more about how the community can get involved or to make a donation, visit www.middletennessee.wish.org.