Do you remember what you wished for? The Associated Student Body (ASB) has recently launched the Make a Wish Program, which surprises students every week by granting their wishes. On Homecoming Friday, each student was given a slip of paper and was told to write down a wish, big or small, in the hopes that ASB would grant it for him or her in the near future. Inspired by other schools who have had success with the service, ASB is now presenting students all around the school with unexpected surprises.
After logging each hand-written wish into a spreadsheet, ASB has picked out a number of wishes that can be granted over the course of the year. Some unrealistic wishes were rejected because they were either too abstract or simply unreasonable, such as being the principal for a day or being accepted into college. Despite this, ASB still has had numerous wishes to work with as they began their project. They grant wishes of all sizes: in fact, some of these wishes have not been monetary. The program kicked off at the Homecoming Rally, with Peyton Rosenburg ‘15 receiving his wish to speak to his younger sister in front of the school. Connor Curley ‘17 also had his wish granted as he played Kevin Cance ‘15 in a game of basketball.
Since then, a number of wishes have been granted throughout the school year. One student received a bike, donated by an ASB member, for transportation, and other students have received teddy bears and roses, ice cream and even tacos from Taco Bell. In fact, ASB has been granting wishes every Monday, dubbing the first day of the week “Make-a-Wish Monday.”
“Apart from the class’ involvement in things such as fundrasing or sponsorships, every third period ASB member is assigned one wish. We grant three to four wishes each week,” said Sophomore Daniel Vo .
The main challenge is securing donations for wishes requiring monetary resources. ASB has hosted fundraisers at Amato’s and Pinkberry for the program, in addition to asking local businesses for donations, raising over $1,300.
Students can also contact an ASB member with a price range in mind: they will then be given a number of anonymous options for gifts that they can contribute toward. Some donations, such as the bicycle, were publicly made by different donors and sponsors.
While wishes for things like a morning coffee or donuts for the whole class seem slight, ASB is hoping to communicate that it is not the size of the act of kindness that matters, but rather an appreciation of the students that does, raising campus morale.
“Make a Wish is about improving the lives of students and letting them know that they are important,” said Meg Walsh , English Department.