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Legend Breaks the Bank

The school once again beats own personal record in money raised for wish week

By Lauren Penington

Wish Week is a long-awaited tradition each year at Legend. Each Wish Week, the current classes take it upon themselves to beat the previous classes record. This is competition raises more and more money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 2019 was the first year that Legend broke the amount of $100,000. But 2020 rose even above that, raising a total of $115,628.80. 

This week holds a special place in the hearts of many students and teachers, but freshman will always remember their first. 

“I really enjoyed Wish Week. Even though I was busy with the play and couldn’t attend some of the events it was still really fun and I’m glad I got to participate,” freshman Thomas Mclaren said. “I really want to keep that tradition of raising more money because it’s really cool to see all these kids going on their wish trips.” 

Just as freshman are commemorating their first, seniors are basking in their final Wish Week they will be involved in at Legend. 

“I’ve really enjoyed watching the school come together for a good cause,” senior Ashlyn Smith said. “It’s always lots of fun, but of all the Wish Weeks I’ve been a part of at Legend I’m glad this was the last. It seems like a good high to end on, this Wish Week was definitely my favorite. I went to more events than in past years and participating more made me really enjoy the week.”

The seniors also enjoy raising more money than in previous years, happy to see their hard work paying off in meaningful ways. 

“There’s definitely a competitive aspect to Wish Week, more than the boys versus girls,” senior Madison Travis said. “As seniors, we want to raise more than the previous year. I didn’t think we’d be able to do that this year, but I was happy to see everyone come through.” 

Ultimately, this week is more than the rewards. While students enjoy class stalls for raising money, the real importance is in the meaning behind the donation. It’s about the kids Legend is able to help grant wishes for. It’s about the message behind Make-A-Wish as a whole, and, in the words of Jesse Van Diver, it’s about giving rather than donating.