Wyatt’s House of Hope and the MDA chosen for Charity Week


Amanda Balon, Staff Writer

  Starting on April 29, Lakeview will be having its second annual charity week. Lakeview has chosen Wyatt’s House of Hope and the MDA, or Muscular Dystrophy Association, to be the recipients of all all the funds raised from the week.

  Karl Paulson, Superintendent of Lakeview Public Schools, has a secretary, at the board office, who is a part of the Optimist Club of Saint Clair Shores. She sent Givinski the information about Wyatt’s House of Hope. When Givinski shared this information with the student council members, they were felt moved by his story and wanted to help.

  Wyatt’s House of Hope is an organization that is building a new house in St. Clair Shores for a mother, Hammel Rewoldt and son, Wyatt Rewoldt who faces many disabilities.

  When Wyatt was young, his father’s girlfriend abused him. As a result, Wyatt’s mother has worked with legislators for years now to get laws passed to protect children from convicted abusers. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Hammel is working to get “Wyatt’s Law” passed in Michigan to help any child who faces abuse.

  In addition, raising a child with challenges is not the easiest thing for a single mother. She has to stay with Wyatt throughout the night, and she watches over him at all times.

 “They truly have given Wyatt and I a brand new start. I’m going to have a kitchen I can actually cook in. I haven’t slept in a bed in almost five years, so it will be so nice,” Hammel said in an interview with candgnews.com.

  Hammel’s last home was very outdated. They had intentions to renovate but never got around to it. The house was not compatible for Wyatt, who has vision problems.

   The MDA, or Muscular Dystrophy Association, was chosen because Lakeview has a student who lives with muscular dystrophy.

  Givinski mentioned, “We wanted to show our support for him by contributing to the MDA because they do so much for families who are affected by this disease. The money will also go to research to help find a cure.”

  Student Council was very excited about the charities chosen for the week. When they heard the story of Wyatt and how they could contribute to the cause, they did not hesitate.

  Nick Rezeppa, ‘20 expressed, “Mrs. Givinski brought the charity to our attention, and we were instantly into the idea to support it. We knew that day, that that would be our charity.”