Each class organized an activity at lunch to raise awareness and to encourage students to donate. The freshman class began the week by holding a donut eating contest. The sophomores challenged players to toss a coin onto a table and awarded candy, soda, and gum as prizes to those who landed on a target. Juniors had a "kissing booth" where they sold Hershey kisses, and also held a game that involved picking out a lollipop and giving out a prize if the end was colored. The seniors concluded the week with a scavenger hunt around the quad.
Donation boxes were also distributed to each classroom for a competition between 2nd period classes to raise the highest amount of money per student. Mr. Bell, a science teacher, made his own donation of $200. "It's a noble cause that makes a difference," he said.
Members of the club also began the first lollipop sale of the year as well.
The Make-A-Wish club, supervised by Dr. Howell, is made up of over sixty members that raise money to grant wishes to children with life-threatening conditions. The club usually raises enough money to grant about 2-3 wishes per year, each costing around $4,000. The most recent was granted this summer, to Jaidyn W., a 9-year old girl from Foothill Ranch with Rett syndrome, a severe neurological condition which limits her ability to verbalize her needs. Jaidyn wished for a bi-ski, an adaptive snow device which allows her to ski in the snow with her family, something she was unable to do before.
"It's really cool when you actually get to grant kids their wishes," said Trista Bell, senior. The club plans on doing more lollipop sales as well as collecting donations at the Beacon Bay Car Wash throughout the year.