By Nick Sestanovich
Making wishes for the new year is a tradition, but students at Orchard Elementary School are taking the concept a step further. Before 2022 began, they wrote their wishes for the year down on tags and have spent the past week tying them to the chain-linked fence in front of the school.
Now when students, parents, teachers or others pass by the fence, they will read what the Orchard Owls would like to see happen this year.
Principal Anne Silva said the idea came from a tree she had seen on a tree in San Ramon that had local elementary school students’ wishes written on tags attached to it. This activity itself was apparently inspired by “Wishtree,” Katherine Applegate’s novel about a neighborhood oak tree that people affix their wishes written on cloth to.