Make-A-Wish® Colorado would not be the same without its community support and many helpful student volunteers.
In the past year, students and youth groups joined the Kids For Wish Kids® program to raise funds to grant wishes. Kids For Wish Kids® is a unique opportunity for kids of all ages to fundraise and support other kids with life-threatening medical conditions. During the 2013-2014 school year, students helped raise more than $450,000- enough to grant 60 wishes. A popular fundraiser for groups was a “Wish Week” for which students brainstorm and plan fundraising events. They organize sporting events, utilize restaurant partnerships, run penny wars, and sell goods such as t-shirts for the duration of a week. The 120 schools and youth groups that participated this past year did more than raise money, they also made lasting impressions on their community.
Since 2010, Rock Canyon High School has continued to be a top fundraising school in the state. This past year, they raised $72,000 during Wish Week and helped grant Isaac’s wish to go to New York. However, Wish Week is much more than raising dollars but about building a community.
“It is not about how much we raise but about coming together,” said student advisor, Kate Hartline. “Wish Week has become a tradition, something that every student is involved in.”
Every year, students and faculty have a dodge ball and basketball tournament that is open to the community. Restaurant partnerships allow students, faculty, and families to come together for a night outside of the school. For students, this week is unforgettable and something everyone looks forward to.
“It is a unique experience to see that Rock Canyon’s favorite week is dedicated to helping others,” said Kate. “It is part of our culture here.”
Some schools rally behind a Wish Kid. Mountain Vista High dedicated their Wish Week towards granting Dakota’s wish to go to Rome. For Dakota, Wish Week was a particularly special event.
“No one wants cancer, but the Kids For Wish Kids® program was the bright spot in our journey,” said Dakota’s mom, Donna.
Mountain Vista sold t-shirts and restaurant gift cards to their student body and members in the community. Their closing assembly was dedicated to Dakota. She was greeted by Bronco’s Cheerleaders and student council took professional photos with her.
“Mountain Vista’s student council treated Dakota like a queen. Their efforts were kind and impressive to the core,” said Donna. “It was heartwarming that high school students could find the time to give back.”
It was such a memorable experience, that Dakota ran for student council at her own high school and won the only open seat. These students do more than help Make-A-Wish® Colorado; they also become leaders and role models in their community.
While every dollar counts, here are the groups that raised over $7,500, the average cost of a wish in Colorado: Boulder High, Chaparral High, Chatfield High, Cherokee Trail High, Cherry Creek High, Douglas County High, Fort Morgan Middle, Gamma Gamma Chapter of Kappa Sigma (Colorado School of Mines), Iota Chapter of Sigma Chi (University of Denver) Jefferson Academy Secondary, Legend High, Overland High, Ralston Valley High, Rocky Mountain High, Smokey Hill High, Thunder Ridge High, and Zeta Chapter of Chi Omega (University of Colorado).
Click here to view the complete list of schools and groups involved in the 2013-2014 Kids For Wish Kids® program.
To learn more about the Make-A-Wish® Colorado Kids For Wish Kids® program or to get your school/group involved, please contact Lauren Beede or Ashlee Carey.