Atwater students’ wishes to be granted at Buhach Colony High School rally

dyawger@mercedsunstar.comDecember 12, 2013 

— Katie Koehn is almost at a loss for words about what today’s Winter Wishes Rally at Buhach Colony High School means.

Koehn, the Atwater school’s activities director, said more than 39 wishes will be granted to deserving students at today’s midday assembly in the gymnasium. It’s the third year the benevolence program has been observed.

“Many of these wishes were so touching that the letters brought our small committee of wish granters to tears,” Koehn said. “The only thing more touching was the unlimited generosity of our local business and community members.”

The wishes represent more than $5,000 in donations. About 50 wishes originally were submitted by Buhach Colony students.

Twenty-seven donors helped grant the wishes of underprivileged and deserving students and their families. Brianna Munday, Madysen Van Horn and Darin DuPont were key planners in making the rally happen, Koehn said.

DuPont, the student body vice president and varsity quarterback, said the rally is one of the most affecting things he has been involved with and brings everyone in the school closer, like family.

Van Horn, the student body president and a varsity volleyball player, also praised the efforts of rally organizers.

“It is amazing how one rally can bring a school and community together in the simplest of ways,” Van Horn said. “Some wishes are not as big as others, but they all impact our students in positive ways.”

Munday, rally commissioner and chief editor of the school’s yearbook, said Winter Wishes is inspiring for everyone who participates.

“It is a blessing to have the opportunity to be part of such an amazing community event that shows the community’s willingness to come together for people who are deserving of these amazing gifts,” Munday said.

Koehn said the oldest wish recipient, a student’s relative, is 73. She said she was really looking forward to the rally because it shows the character at Buhach Colony High School.

“It’s heartwarming, restores faith in humanity,” Koehn said. “The generosity is mind-blowing.”

The rally was organized by the 50 members of the school’s leadership class. Work on the project began in late October. Some of the wishes covered donations of coats and other clothing items.

Sun-Star staff writer Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or dyawger@mercedsunstar.com.

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