From The Daniel Island News

DIS students record radio spot to promote Saturday's Wonderfest
May 30, 2012 - 9:42:45 AM

DIS students Arianna Cook and Jacob Hartley recorded a radio spot at WXLY 102.5 to help promote Wonderfest, a children's festival held each year at Wonder Works in West Ashley.

When asked what they love about Wonder Works, a local toy store chain, both Arianna Cook and Jacob Hartley replied emphatically, “Everything”. So it’s no surprise the two Daniel Island School students were excited about the opportunity to record radio spots for Wonderfest, the largest free kids’ festival in the area set for this Saturday, June 2nd behind Wonder Works in West Ashley. The two youngsters got a tour of WXLY 102.5 FM last week when they stepped into the recording booth to record a radio spot for the event.

“It was fun,” said Cook.  

“I want to do it again,” added Hartley.  

“Their contribution to Wonderfest is yet another example of how kids come together to make a difference in this community,” said Christine Osborne, owner of Wonder Works. In its second year, the event is supporting four local charities that were created by children to benefit children including Daniel Island’s Abby’s Friends, Hugs for Harper, Happy Wheels and Keys for Hope.

“The charities we’re supporting for Wonderfest this year are very close to my heart,” said Osborne. “Each charity was founded by children in our community to benefit other children in need. We invite everyone and their families to come to Wonderfest and support these local kids and have a great time at this wonderfuntastical festival!”

Wonderfest is set for Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 10 to 3 behind the Wonder Works’ West Ashley location at 975 Savannah Highway. The entire event is free and includes a jump castle and slide, an obstacle course, tattoos, hair paint, Lego building, ponies, face painting, a dunking booth, snow making, puppy and kitten adoptions, a toy play zone, free hot dogs, ice cream and sno-cones and much more. Every child in attendance receives a free toy from Wonder Works. Additional activity tickets for unlimited play may be purchased for $5 with all proceeds benefiting the four charities.

“Our first ever Wonderfest last year was over-the-top incredible, and we have so much more in store to make this year’s event even more amazing. This is Charleston’s biggest celebration for the end of school and the start to summer. We even plan on making it snow,” said Osborne.

Child artists and musical acts will be on stage all day including Karoline Rhett, The 3 Dudes, YOYO Kids, Daniel Island’s Peace, Love & Hip Hop, and the cast of Annie. Wonderfest will also feature more than 20 child entrepreneurs, five national toy companies, local artists and authors.

As a thank you for their help, both Cook and Hartley received a $25 gift card to Wonder Works, which they spent immediately.  

“I got this giant penguin”, said Cook.  
Hartley quickly chimed in, “I got these three fun toys and I can’t wait to play with them. “

“The radio spot is absolutely adorable”, said Osborne. “I can’t thank Ms. Arianna and Mr. Jacob enough. They are two precious kids."

For more information on Wonderfest, visit or Wonder Works’ Facebook page at

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