It seems the shooting stars have halted around CMHS’s Make-a-Wish Club. Dr. Howell, CMHS's Make-a-Wish club’s adviser, asserted, “If they [The Make-a-Wish Foundation] didn’t show flexibility, we quit”. When the minimum amount of money required to grant a wish was raised to $5,000 and then supposedly to $6,000 dollars next semester, Dr. Howell considered leaving the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
CMHS's Make-a-Wish club went to the school district for support, an example of support being to make separate clubs. In the end, Dr. Howell’s suggestions were responded to with limits. An attempt to make multiple Make-a-Wish related clubs was denied. Dr. Howell said, “The District is very bureaucratic. They were not flexible."
The disunion occurred around early December when the Make-a-Wish club raised $4,000 and were $1,000 short for a wish. The escalating price didn’t stop there. The next wish the club would grant would have to be $6,000 dollars; $2,000 more than Make-a-Wish raised last semester.
This “unexpected” change wasn’t exactly comforting news for Dr. Howell. “The Make-a-wish members worked hard to raise $4,000 dollars. The new price came as a shock."
Alexis Ramos, a Make-a-Wish member, said, “We’re changing our club to Mesa Magic because it [each wish] was too expensive.” A decision to continue to work with Make-a-Wish was made on Valentine’s Day. Each Make-a-Wish member submitted a vote.
Dr. Howell commented, “I don’t think we’re breaking a tradition. The Make-a-Wish will still be affiliated with the possible new club. Finally the Make-a-Wish central organization gave us new options."
The “new” club will focus more on wishes being made in the Orange County area. Each wish that will be granted has to be $3,000 and under, the Costa Mesa students will also get to pick who receives a wish to be granted.
Make-a-Wish will also start a new tradition called "Christmas Wishes". On December, they will give out Christmas gifts to the homeless and others in need of assistance from our campus. This will be something that Make-a-Wish Foundation won’t be a part of; this is the club’s idea.
Students in the club will also be required to do 4 hours of community service for the “Ability First", a program that serves children with special needs, or for “A Wish”, a program that finds homes for pet’s in need of adoption.
Students in Costa Mesa High School won’t seem to be affected by the new required price on wishes. Danny Vargas and Jose Mendoza are two eighth graders that didn’t know the club existed. When informed of their cause and their possible change they said they would still donate by buying lollipops. Freshmen Spencer Amarde would do the same. It looks like donators would still donate if the cause is just.