Highline High School Students Grant 200 Winter Wishes
Students in Leadership Class Focus on Giving Close to Home
Highline High School (HHS) staff and students have traditionally been generous in giving to others in need. During this holiday season, the school initiated Winter Wishes, a program that directs generosity to the needs of students at the school. Nearly 200 wishes were granted out of the more than 400 wishes made.
More than 50 percent of students at HHS qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch, so Winter Wishes organizers were motivated by the desire to help fellow classmates and brighten their holiday season.
Each HHS student was invited to make a wish for themselves, or for someone else. An overwhelming number of students made wishes for others who were in need, but might not ask for help.
Wishes granted included HHS spirit wear, ASB cards, clothing and food gift cards, school supplies, sporting goods, a sewing machine, a piano, and a laptop.
Winter Wishes was the idea of Associated Student Body President Sierra Flanagan, and the program was planned and implemented by the leadership class and school activities coordinator.
Funds to grant wishes were obtained through fund raising events in conjunction with Round Table Pizza and Panda Express, and through the generous donations of HHS staff members, the Highline Booster Club, parents, guardians, and community members. HHS students, staff and the leadership class are looking forward to granting more wishes next winter.