The district’s Seasons of Giving program kicks off at Leigh High School in San Jose with a Grant-a-Wish auction on Nov. 18. Students will bid on items such as lunch with teachers or extra credit assignments. Proceeds from the auction will go toward granting holiday wishes for students and teachers.
On Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 students at Del Mar, Branham and Westmont high schools will make their peers’ dreams a reality.
“Every student and teacher writes down what they want most for themselves or someone else,” said Del Mar activities director Larry Lopez in a district statement. “It’s up to the school community to help make those wishes come true.”
Previous wishes granted included computers for people who didn’t have access to one and help for families experiencing financial hardship. Last year a student was granted prom tickets, while another was given a way to show her appreciation for her mother.
Lopez brought the wish-granting program to Branham High School six years ago.The activity has since spread to the other high schools.
The largest district event will take place on Jan. 14. Students from every high school within the district will gather to prepare meals for the Bay Area chapter of Kids Against Hunger as part of the district’s Day of Service. Last year students packed 25,000 meals to be sent across the globe. This year, meal packing will take place at Westmont High.
Kids Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization that provides nutritious meals to children and families who are malnourished in the U.S. and across the globe. Volunteers help prepare and pack meals before shipping.
Seasons of Giving will cap Feb. 3 with Prospect High School’s Winter Wish event, where Prospect students grant the wishes of their peers and teachers. Prospect’s event is similar to those at Branham, Del Mar and Westmont high schools. Granted wishes will be delivered during school days.
“When we celebrate our ability to help others, we experience the joy that comes from giving,” said superintendent Robert Bravo in a district statement. “We’re inspired to care for one another.”