Delta High School students are always looking for ways to help out the community. Senior Reagan Clay thought out of the box this summer and found a way to help a family in our community along with other families in the United States.
Over the summer Clay contacted the Make-A-Wish organization and got the school set up with the program. She was encouraged to do this she says because, "There have been kids within our community that have gotten cancer these past couple of years. We were thinking what could we do to help our community have hope throughout all of this?"
One of the most difficult things the school has had with raising money for this program has been getting the word out and people understanding what the money is going toward. Also Clay said, "Just bringing up memories of past things that have happened."
The school is raising money by having student council organize activities for the students. Homecoming was the first Make-A-Wish based fundraiser. The ticket prices were increased as well as there being higher priced entry fees on the Friday before Homecoming peach fuzz volleyball and corn hole tournaments. During Delta basketball games there will be opportunities for spectators to make donations. Also during casual dance week will be a wish week.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a nonprofit organization that gives fighting cancer patients an experience called a "wish" of their choosing.
A specific family in the Delta community that is battling cancer is the Abilas. In May 2018 Clayton Abila, a senior now at Delta High, was diagnosed with cancer. Abila said, "I am most grateful to be as healthy as I am. [It] makes me feel good about my school [that they are raising money for my wish]."
The school has made over $1,600 that is going to Abila's wish that is being granted to him in June. He is using his wish to go to the Bahamas with his family.
The school plans on continuing to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation even if it's not for someone in the community.
Shawna Magtutu is a counselor at DHS and also sponsors Student Council. Magtutu said, "We knew for a long time that we wanted to do something bigger and we wanted to help a good cause."