Sparkman students and Make-A-Wish Alabama surprise girl with dream come true

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A young girl in Madison County is getting something she’s wanted for a long time.

“The students of Sparkman High School SGA and the entire school have been fundraising for Make-A-Wish Alabama for the entire school year,” said Ashley Miller, the Make-A-Wish Alabama Community Events Manager.

Their efforts culminating at Sparkman High School on Monday at a school assembly with a secret agenda to surprise 10-year-old Sydney Cunningham.

“We knew we had to take this and try to raise enough money to help a kid and we knew it would be someone from north Alabama that we would be able to help,” said Rachel Hardaker, Sparkman Community Events Coordinator

But they know who until recently.

Rachel Hardaker, who helps plan events for the Sparkman community, says when they figured out it was Sidney, they devised a plan.

One that left her parents, Eric and Tamisha Cunningham, feeling excited and a little overwhelmed. “Excited and a little nervous, but thankful that they wanted to get together and honor Sydney and do something special for her,” said Sydney’s father Eric.

That something special, the 10-year-old fell in love with years ago.

“And she thought it was the coolest thing ever and she always said, ‘I want one. I want one. so when it came time for her to Make-A-Wish, it was like ‘why not?'” explained Sydney’s mother, Tamisha.

Now Sydney doesn’t have to wait anymore, her wish has been granted.

During the assembly, students revealed letters that spelled out GOLF CART!

Getting the golf cart, means so much to Sydney.

“It just feels nice to know that they care about me and they did all this for me. I’m glad they did. It makes me feel really happy,” said Sydney.

Hardaker said it only took the the students at Sparkman High School one week to raise the money for Sydney’s golf cart.

They helped by holding penny and nickel drives, one class alone raised $700.

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