Students at Laramie High School participated in writing letters to Santa to help support the Make-A-Wish Program.

Letters written are counted and sent to Macy’s, who donates $1 for every letter that they receive, to the Make-A-Wish Foundation up to $1 Million dollars. This is an addition to the $1 million that Macy’s will already be donation to the organization. The money is donated in the name of the school that sends in the letters. The deadline to send in letters to Macy’s was on Dec. 9, and was a positive way to start off the holiday season.

Schools and other groups all over the country can participate and raise money for kids that need it.

The school donating letters is responsible for counting out the letters, grouping them in stacks, boxing and shipping them. Macy’s will then take care of the rest and make the donation.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is dedicated to granting wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions. The wishes of these children can range from wanting to be a police officer, or perhaps an adventure to somewhere far away. These wishes are able to give the child more than just and amazing experience, but also more courage, morale and determination to overcome their illness. It is believed by many families and health care providers that the wish experience is a turning point in a child’s battle against their illness, according to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

LHS has a goal of donating $14,000, which is about enough money for two children to receive a wish, as every wish costs about $7,000. It is hoped that students eligible in LHS have to opportunity to make a wish.

Last summer, Megan Colter, an LHS student received a wish from the foundation. She used her wish to travel to Costa Rica, where she got to see her favorite animal, the sloth. She also was able to go zip lining and visit many interesting places.

All classes were asked and encouraged to participate. Boxes were placed in all of the pods at LHS along with a group of students in the cafeteria during lunch.

The Learning Support Center class at LHS held a competition with which class period could write the most letters. It was an effective way to get students involved and writing letters. LSC as a whole class had a goal of 10,000 letters, which they achieved.

“It’s for a really good cause. When students write a few letters, it may not seem that important, but really it’s them doing something good for someone else in need,” LSC teacher, Anne Wright said.

This year, LHS partnered with a sorority from The University of Wyoming to help write as many letters as possible for charity. Last year LHS sent in a total of 17,000 letters, and the Sorority participants totaled over 27,000 letters.