Kids & Family

Impressive! Students Produce Live Telethon To Benefit Sick Children

They raised enough to grant 13 kids' wishes last year. They hope to top that!


What happens when a group of aspiring TV professionals decides to use their skills to make life better for children struggling with illness? A four-hour telethon that's totally student produced, and benefits the Make-a-Wish Foundation which grants wishes to children with critical illnesses.

(The telethon is completely student produced, behind and in front of the camera. PTTV Facebook page )

The students are part of the video production department at Penn Trafford High School, south east of Pittsburgh. "This will be their third annual Wishes for Warriors telethon, and even though the show doesn't air until December 19, the fundraising has already started, raising $5000 in less than two weeks. "Last year we raised $60,000 and granted 13 wishes for local kids," video production teacher Steve Vinton told the Tribune Review .

(The Middle School Choir. District musical groups entertain in pre-recorded segments that air during the telethon)

It's quite a show, with loads of entertainment. "The script is the biggest challenge, and everything is timed to the minute," senior Taylor Boulware told the Trib. "The students pre-shoot a variety of video segments, including holiday performances by the district's elementary, middle and high school students." Mix in fun segments by the video production students, student produced commercials from sponsors, and student hosts with live donation "pitch" segments, and you've got a telethon.

Here's a taste of last year's show, or click here if you'd like to watch more.

(Penn Trafford YouTube Channel)

The 2019 Wishes for Warriors telethon will be Dec. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be streamed live through the high school's website as well as on YouTube and Facebook .

(The Drama Guild performs)

While most of us can't produce a telethon, Make-a-Wish has lots of hands-on projects you can to do to help fund children's wishes, including ideas for everyone from kids and college students to individuals and corporate groups. Click here for more details, and #StartSomethingGood!

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