by Elizabeth Sponaugle

The J.E.B. Stuart National Honor Society will be participating in “Wish Week” during Shine On Week, Apr. 9-13, in hopes of raising 2,000 dollars for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Make-a-Wish is an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in order to enrich their lives by allowing them to experience hope, strength, and joy. Many children wish to meet a celebrity, go skydiving, cook with favorite chef, or participate in a number of other activities.

The event was coordinated by sophomore and former wish kid, Ruth Dejene. “It means the world to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation after all that they have done for my family and I. I didn’t feel like there was a way that I can thoroughly give back, but this wish week has made that possible.”

Dejane worked with the National Honor Society to set up the week. The National Honor Society President, Matt Hua, is also a former Make-a-Wish kid and is hoping to help make a difference for children today like Make-a-Wish did for him. At the age of three, Hua was granted his wish of going to the Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Fifteen years later, Hua is the President of National Honor Society and will be attending college in the fall.

The National Honor Society will be working a number of events to reach their goal of 2,000 dollars. Members will be selling Make-a-Wish merchandise every morning before school in the main lobby and during Spring Fest on Friday. Merchandise will include stars, pens, bracelets, and phone wallets. When a student or staff member purchases a star, they will write their name on it and the star will be placed on a Star Wall in the main hallway to acknowledge their donation.

“The process […] was stressful but rewarding one. From getting approval to securing merchandise to sell, it was a lot of work, but it is great to see it pay off,” said Dejane.

Other events include a pizza sale after school Monday, Apr. 9th in the main lobby and Pennies to Pie Penny Gros. There will be jars in the cafeteria for each class. Students put money in their respective class jar. The class with the most money gets to pie Ms. Gros at Springfest on Apr. 13. If the school is able to raise $2,000 Ms. Gros will give the entire school one free Return Period for students to use for themselves.

“It is extremely important that the community gets involved with our Wish Week because its success will help grant the wishes of children that need the hope and happiness that it will give them,” said Dejane.

Please donate to the Make-a-Wish Foundation here…