Mt. Vernon area parents and children gathered at the J.L. Buford Intermediate Education Center Wednesday to prepare for the annual WISH Showcase Program, which takes place April 10. At Wednesday's event, parents and children worked on a variety of projects that will be featured during the showcase. Most of the projects are related to history, science or inventions. The WISH Showcase is an academic fair open to kindergarten through eighth grade students at District 80 Schools and St. Mary School. The showcase presentation will occur from 6 to 7 p.m. April 10 at the Casey Middle School gym.