Lynwood – Firebaugh High students and staff were taped to a pole, pied in the face and kissed by swine during Wish Week, raising more than $1,200 to help grant a Lynwood child’s Make-A-Wish dream.
Each day of the week carried a theme for student attire and fundraisers that included playing annoying songs, throwing pies at students and staff, taping an assistant principal to a pole and watching the principal kiss a pig.
“This fundraising week brought awareness about kids in our community that need our support,” Firebaugh senior Yaileen Zamora said. “Some students here are going through the same thing or have family and friends going through a tough time, so it’s nice to show that we are here for everyone.”
Firebaugh High partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, to host fundraising activities throughout the week.
There are currently three children in Lynwood going through the Make-A-Wish process.
“One integral part of our District’s foundation is giving back to the community,” Superintendent Paul Gothold said. “Fundraisers like these inspire us to continue strengthening our partnerships within the community to make a difference in the lives of our students and Lynwood as a whole.”
On the final day of Wish Week, Firebaugh Principal Hector Preciado “married” Flower the pig after preparing wedding vows, signing a marriage certificate and closing the deal with a 10-second kiss.
“Although some of these activities have been pretty fun, the motivation behind the entire week is very touching,” Board President Alma-Delia Renteria said. “Knowing that our District teaches students about compassion and collaboration beyond the regular curriculum makes me so proud.”
WISHWEEK1: Firebaugh High Principal Hector Preciado kisses Flower the pig during the final day of Wish Week, a weeklong fundraiser from May 23-27 that raised more than $1,200 to help grant a Lynwood child’s Make-A-Wish dream.
WISHWEEK2: Firebaugh High students pied each other in the face during Wish Week, a weeklong fundraiser from May 23-27 that raised more than $1,200 to help grant a Lynwood child’s Make-A-Wish dream.
WISHWEEK3: Firebaugh High Assistant Principal Mark Rollice is taped to a pole as part of Wish Week, a weeklong fundraiser from May 23-27 that raised more than $1,200 to help grant a Lynwood child’s Make-A-Wish dream.