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By Hannah Neumann

Contributing Writer

Hudson Bend Middle School seventh-grader Ava Floyd will be partnering with her Student Council and Make-a-Wish Foundation to host a Bowlathon on Sunday for her bat mitzvah in the hope of raising enough funds to grant a child’s wish.

As a member of Temple Beth Shalom in Austin, Floyd must perform a mitzvah project as part of her coming of age.

“I instantly thought of Make-a-Wish because they grant kids’ dreams,” she said.

When she decided she wanted to work with Make-a-Wish for her project, she and her mother began to research how to get involved.

“I decided I wanted to raise $5,000 so that I could choose the wish I grant, the child and the illness,” she explained. “We started emailing back and forth with a member of Make-a-Wish, and while I was in school, my mom got a call, and from there we just started to put it all together.”

The Bowlathon at Main Event, 13301 N. Highway 183, in Austin will be from 1-3 p.m. and open to the public.

“Anyone can stop by and donate, or even just donate by visiting the Make-a-Wish Facebook page and clicking on the link to my project,” she said.

Floyd and HBMS Student Council members also will be selling Make-a-Wish bracelets for $1 at the school through Friday.

“There were a number of students this morning that manned the table and were enthusiastic in getting their classmates’ attention and telling them about the project and supporting the cause,” HBMS Principal Mark Robinson said Monday.

To Floyd, the fundraiser is more than just her Mitzvah Project. She said she wants the Bowlathon to raise awareness for the Make-a-Wish Foundation in hope that even more people will decide to contribute to the fulfillment of the children’s dreams.

“I really hope that people will donate and see that this is just a really good cause,” Floyd said. “Even if they don’t donate to my portion of it, they should really donate to the organization.”

For information on donating to the Hudson Bend Middle School’s Make-a-Wish fundraiser, contact Student Council sponsor Dana Schrader at 533-5636 or schraderd@ltisdschools.org.

The school’s Interact Club also is collecting new, unworn hats for Hats Off for Cancer this week. All hats must be kid-friendly and not display smoking, alcohol or violent logos. Place them in Ziploc bags and include the label found at the school’s website at laketravis.txed.net.

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