Posted Date: 05/15/2019
Three Student Government members went shopping last week to buy gift cards, clothing and school supplies for about 30 of their peers at Chanute High School.
The StuGo members decided this year that in addition to giving back to the community, they also wanted to turn their focus onto the people they see every day at school. In what they called Wish Week, students at CHS were asked to fill out wishes onto a Google form. They could wish for something for others or wish for something for themselves.
“The whole project is based on students seeing that other students need something,” said Angelo Andoyo, StuGo president. “Through this project we can involve the students by having them have a hand in making someone’s day better.”
The focus is on what a student needs.
“They can send in a submission listing who they’re wishing for, why they need it and deserve it,” Andoyo added.
For example, a student may notice that someone wears a jacket with holes in or that someone needs a new pair of shoes or backpack. Or they may be aware that a student’s parent has lost their job and the family is having a rough time.
The idea for Wish Week came from a workshop several StuGo members attended last summer. They liked the idea and wanted to change students’ perception about community service.
“We’re trying to get it across to students that you don’t give something because you get recognition for it,” said StuGo Sponsor Karen Graham. “We really wanted it to be a week of giving back to our students.”
Graham, who was the only person to see the requests, said she received about 30 wishes. There were some requests for gas, food and particular clothing items or supplies they needed for school. About half the requests came from students wishing for others.
“One student wished for something and said whether they get it or not, “thank you for doing this project,’” Graham shared. “Even those shopping didn’t see who the recipients are. They just know they’re helping their fellow students.”
To grant the wishes, StuGo used some of its funding plus money they saved from buying fewer prizes on Ecology Day this year. They also accepted donations.
Six different people or organization donated to this effort, Graham said. One woman came up to them while they were shopping, realized what they were doing and added $100 to their total.