First graders in Rochester help a 6-year-old girl's dream come true

Students at Eugenio Maria de Hostos raised $2,000 for the Dream Factory. The money helped 6-year-old Kennedy Wolf get a swingset for her backyard (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A group of young students in Rochester have been busy raising money to help make a wish come true for a little girl.

Students at Eugenio Maria de Hostos raised $2,000 for the Dream Factory.

"We sold bracelets, pencils, necklaces, and lotto tickets," said Trinity, a first grader who helped with the fundraising.

On Thursday, the kids met six-year-old Kennedy Wolf whose dream of a swing and slide in her own backyard is coming true thanks to their efforts.

Kennedy was born with Down syndrome and has a heart defect as well.

"It really pulls on the mommy heartstrings to know these kids really pulled together for someone they barely know," said Gregg Wolf, Kennedy's father. "We've had to travel around and try to find playgrounds that suit her and aren't too overcrowded. It's going to be great to have something right in our backyard."

Both sides got something valuable out of the experience.

"I learned about helping people getting the stuff they want to get," said Arina, another first grader.

13WHAM's Scott Hetsko also visited the school to teach the children about his own heart condition.

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