Leesville Students Change Lives One Wish at a Time

Students of Leesville join in the auditorium to hear about the Make-A-Wish Club. The Make-A-Wish Club holds an interest meeting every year for new and returning members to draw attention to the club. (Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Stocum)Students of Leesville join in the auditorium to hear about the Make-A-Wish Club. The Make-A-Wish Club holds an interest meeting every year for new and returning members to draw attention to the club. (Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Stocum)

The Make-A-Wish Club held their annual interest meeting on September 6. New and returning members listened to the club president and various officers explain what the purpose of the Make-A-Wish Club is.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 2004 by Frank Shankwitz, Scott Stahl, and Linda Bergendahl-Pauling with the purpose to give terminally ill children one final wish. This could be a trip to Disney World or the kids meeting their favorite sports player. “I joined Make-a-Wish Club as a way to help those who are struggling. I have never been in a situation like the kids that we are raising money for, but I know people who have and know that it is hard,” said Caroline Thompson, sophomore and new member.

The Make-A-Wish Club began two years ago, by both current and graduated students. According to Ms. Smith, advisor for the club, Make-A-Wish is all about thinking about others and taking time to do something for the benefit of somebody else who really needs love and consideration.

The Leesville Make-A-Wish Club holds annual fundraisers where all of the funds go straight to the local Make-A-Wish chapter in Raleigh. “Since last year so many more people have joined and so many more people know about the Make-A-Wish foundation and that’s a huge, huge deal,” said Shreeja Shah senior and president of the Make-A-Wish Club.

By joining the Make-A-Wish Club, you can receive service hours and raise money for a foundation that greatly changes the lives of children who battle with life-threatening illnesses day.

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