In a year when it seems like almost nothing is normal, there was one tradition GCHS students did not give up: their Winter Wishes program.
For the last four years, the GCHS Leadership class, which focuses on promoting community, inclusivity, and student involvement, has organized an event called Winter Wishes. This program allows students and teachers the opportunity to make anonymous wishes for any staff member or student based on a need that person might have. These wishes range from noticing someone needs a new coat to hearing them mention something they’ve wanted but would never get themselves. The goal of this endeavor is to let both students and staff know they are seen and are a part of the GC community.
“This year looked a lot different since we were all virtual, but we made it work!” said Lindsey Rupe, a junior at GCHS and part of the Leadership class. She said they granted 143 wishes this year, totaling over $5000 in value. Rupe added the class was able to fund this year’s program by using various fundraisers. “We raised money by doing teacher bake sales, donations, and selling shirts off of Action Sports,” she said. Rupe also said that normally gifts are delivered during the school day, but since we were virtual, the group once again had to make alternative plans to make the event happen. She stated, “Leadership students came up to the school to buy and help wrap presents while we were out.” She also said students either came up to the school to get their gifts, or some granted wishes were delivered. Rupe added it is a program the students definitely intend to continue in the future.
On behalf of the Graves County School District, we congratulate the Leadership class and appreciate the effort they put into preserving this valuable and special GCHS tradition.