Ten-year-old Cooper Wren wanted something to do while his younger brother Ryder, 8, was motocross racing Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"Cooper came up with the idea to start selling cookies and treats at the track," said his mother, Meagan Valles. "Cooper's dream is to be a chef so he, his Mamie Laurie and I came up with the idea of selling homemade treats. Cooper decided that he would set a goal each year and donate a portion to a charity of his choice."

This was Cooper's third year selling cookies, brownies, candy, whoopie pies, lemonade, and hot chocolate during the 10 races each season at Back 40 MX track in Norridgewock, where Ryder races. His goal this year was to raise $1,000 to donate to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

"He blew his goal out of the water and ended up donating $2,219!" his mom said. "We couldn't be prouder of Cooper and all his hard work," she said, speaking for herself and Cooper's dad, Caleb Wren. The family lives in Thorndike.

On Sunday, Nov. 4, presented a check for $2,219 to Make-A-Wish Maine in a ceremony at the track.

"Cooper says he owes a big thanks to Back 40 MX for allowing him to do this, to Mad Monkey Media for donating a graphics kit for him to raffle off to help beat his goal and for all their support, his mamie, mim, and grammie for always making sure he had goodies to sell, and to everyone at the Back 40 for supporting him each and every race," Valles said in an email message to The Republican Journal.

On hand for the check presentation were Randy, Jess and Ran Simpson, who run the Back 40 motocross track; Jeff and Dena Wing, owners of Mad Monkey Media; and Dan, Kelan and Owen, the family who came from Make-A-Wish to accept the check. Dan is a member of the Make-A-Wish board, Valles said, and his son Kelan is a Make-A-Wish child.

Cooper chose Make-A-Wish this year "because he wanted to help other kids," Valles said. "In doing so, Cooper learned that some of the racers at the track were actually Make-A-Wish kids, which made his choice even more meaningful to him."