Making a wish come true, two years in a row

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Last year's Chi Hi DECA Chapter raised more than $3,500 for Make-A-Wish Wisconsin. It was an impressive feat, but this year’s group was ready to raise the bar.

Madelyn Zenner, a junior at CFHS, and her fellow DECA officers, set this year’s goal at $4,000. In mid-December, for the second consecutive year, Chippewa Falls High School hosted Wish Week. Over the course of seven days, DECA officers called businesses asking for contributions, sold shirts and buttons at sporting events and received donations from community members.

At the end of the week, the group had raised $4,032.

"It's just a once in a lifetime thing and it's awesome to make an impact on a child's life and see how the school came together. It is awesome,” Zenner said.

Senior DECA member Tate Brisky added, “I think it says a lot about our school as a whole, how people are willing to reach out. It's really important that we have a lot of students that are willing to help, too."

The money will be donated to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and will help make a wish come true for one child.

Chi Hi Marketing and Business teacher Heidi Warren says she's proud of the students and was confident they'd reach their goal given the planning and new ideas they came up with. If you're wondering if this will continue, right now the answer is ‘yes’. You can expect another Wish Week in Chippewa Falls in December 2018.

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