After two students in Sarah Taylor’s sixth-grade classes at Spring Lake Intermediate School researched Cohoon’s efforts to raise money for Make-A-Wish, Cohoon spoke with the students about fundraising.
Cohoon, currently in eighth grade at Spring Lake Middle School, has raised more than $100,000 for Make-A-Wish in the past four years.
Part of the sixth-grade curriculum involves writing an informational paper about a teen activist. Some of the goals of the paper are to know what the teen stood for and how they helped society, Taylor said.
Cohoon, 14, shared that her idea to raise money started after an overwhelming experience with birthday gifts. Instead of receiving gifts for herself, she asked friends and family to consider making a donation.
Cohoon’s efforts started when she was 8. Before focusing on Make-A-Wish, the girl also raised money for The People Center and for children whose father had died.
Cohoon shared that Make-A-Wish helps give children something bright and positive in their day to look forward to or remember.
“That’s why I do Make-A-Wish,” she said.
Some of Cohoon’s fundraising efforts include hosting a birthday party with donations to benefit the organization, selling bracelets, and teaming up with the school and businesses for opportunities.
Cohoon told the class that her efforts started with an idea, and it’s changed her family’s lives. The teen said it’s become part of her life and it’s something she wants to do every day. Over the years, Cohoon said she’s been able to grant five or six wishes.
Although it might be initially difficult, Cohoon encouraged the students to take action if they have an interest in helping or volunteering, because it’s worthwhile.
“I think all of you should look into it and help,” she said.