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Grace Cooper hugs her son, Clayton, after he was given two tickets for "Sister Act: The Musical" during a grant wishing celebration at Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville, Friday. Cooper said he wanted to take his mother to a musical. Will C. Wood's Link Crew organized the celebration that granted a variety of wishes from prom tickets to sweatshirts. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)


School program makes winter wishes a reality

By From page A1 | February 15, 2014

VACAVILLE — A birthday cake for a grandparent, admission to the play “Sister Act” in Sacramento, a fanny pack and tickets to the prom were among surprises Friday at Will C. Wood High School for a Winter Wishes student assembly.

Students and staff were asked in October to fill out two wish cards – one for themselves and one for another person. Wishes were granted throughout the week and organizers saved the big ones for the student assembly that included a video with Austin Clements, class of 2011, and a United States Marine.

“You have to remember where you came from,” Clements said, “and how big giving back is.”

He bought $65 prom tickets for several students – asking that they “have fun and be safe.”

Twin sisters Donjanaye and Donjanique Washington, 17, were granted a wish to make their grandmother Francine’s birthday special by providing her a bakery carrot cake.

“It means a lot,” Donjanique said. “Our wish has come true.”

History teacher Greg Ciapponi had a surprise that made him smile: a new fanny pack for his cellphone, keys and wallet to replace the worn-out pack he had to discard.

Student Clayton Cooper, 18, will take his mother Grace Cooper to see the play “Sister Act” after Clayton received the tickets at the assembly – along with a surprise visit from this mother.

They’ll see the performance of the play that family members know well from the 1992 movie.

“It’s one of my kids’ favorites,” Grace Cooper said. “They have it practically memorized.”

Spanish teacher Shannon Abin received a bouquet of roses from her husband Alex Abin at the Valentine’s Day student assembly. Alex Abin said his wife didn’t expect him to be at the event.

“She was totally surprised,” he said.

Tracy Ruiz, who helped coordinate Winter Wishes on Valentine’s Day, said the point of the assembly is “for our students to feel welcomed and loved – and what better way than to do it on the day of love.”

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • SharonFebruary 15, 2014 - 7:23 am

    What a special time this was for the Will C Wood Family. The Wishes assembly was the culmination of the "Week of Kindness" . What an important week it was. So moving, so powerful..go to the Will C Wood website to see videos of each day. So inspirational...you won't be sorry.

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