It is one of the most remarkable moments you’ll ever see in a high school gymnasium: a fan frenzy, people cheering and clapping, hugging and high-fiving, some even wiping away tears. But it’s not because the home team just won a big game. It’s because a wish just came true for a child who is battling a life-threatening illness.
That’s what Wish Week is all about in all six high schools in the Cherry Creek School District. Each school schedules a Wish Week, usually in February or March, and plans activities and events that bring students, staff, clubs, teams, families and the entire community together, to raise money for Make- A-Wish Colorado, to be used to grant the wish of a sick child.
Grab a tissue and enjoy this wrap-up of magical Wish Week moments.
Overland High School goes west for Wish Week
Friday, February 13th was a lucky day at Overland High School. Students, staff and community members celebrated 8-year-old Peyton, who has neurofibromatosis, a condition where tumors in the brain and on the optic nerve affect the ability to see.
Peyton is a huge country music fan and his wish is to attend the Country Music Awards in April in Texas. So Overland’s Student Council planned a Wish Week with a western theme; “Saddle up, Blazers! Go West!” They hosted events throughout the week, including ‘denim and diamonds’ dress up day and ‘Pink-out for Peyton’ day to raise money and awareness. Overland also teamed up with its feeder schools – Prairie Middle School and Eastridge, Highline, Polton, Ponderosa and Village East elementary schools – to raise $13,600 to grant Peyton’s wish and support another child’s wish.
Peyton and his family were guests of honor at Overland’s Wish Week assembly, which included performances by the OHS Marching Band, the award-winning Hip Hop and Poms squads, and presentations of Blazer medals for excellence in academics, activities and athletics.
After star athlete Austin Conway received his medal, he quietly walked up to Peyton and placed it around the youngster’s neck. Most people in the crowd didn’t even see the authentic gesture, which was one of the most touching moments during a very emotional assembly.
Peyton made the crowd laugh by telling jokes and his father tearfully told the students how much their generous support of Peyton means to their entire family.
Wish Week is big for Buffaloes
In early February, Smoky Hill High School upheld a five-year tradition of granting the wishes of deserving children through their efforts with the Make-A-Wish Colorado.
But the efforts of SHHS students and staff started well before Wish Week. Inspired by their Wish Kid, Laurel, the SHHS community spent five months hosting events and raising funds for the Make a Wish Foundation. Just take a look at all these different events!
• Homecoming Movie Night - $561
• Homecoming Buff Puff Volleyball - $1,596
• DECA Extreme Fest - $1,347
• Homecoming Tailgate - $798
• Hat Day (November) - $328
• NEHS Trivia Bowl - $163
• StuGo Dodgeball Tournament - $880
• Dream Team T-Shirt Sales - $2,746
• Chick-Fil-A Day - $406
• Athletic Department Donations - $1,175
• 2R Miracle Minute - $1,879
• Mr. & Ms. Smoky Hill Contest - $374
• Jimmy John’s Coin Drive - $1,999
• DECA Marketplace - $2,751
• Laredo Middle School - $3,750
• Staff & Community Donations - $635
• Pep Assembly Miracle Minute - $1,300
• Dance Ticket Sales - $ 3,148
In the end, they raised over $27,000! Enough to grant Laurel’s wish to go to Disney World as well as the wishes of as many as five other children. Congratulations, Smoky Hill!
Raptors rock EHS Wish Week
Students, staff, parents and community members all pitched in to make Eaglecrest High School’s 2015 Wish Week one of the best ever. They joined forces to show their support for Gabriella, a high school student who loves purple and wished for a viola.
To make Gabriella’s wish come true, EHS hosted a number of fun fundraising events, including the ever-popular Mr. Eaglecrest pageant, a Winter Wish Dance, a talent show featuring many talented students, several “miracle minutes” where money is collected on the spot and the “Swish for a Wish” basketball game, where the EHS team and fans wore purple in Gabriella’s honor.
By the end of the week, the Raptors had raised $7,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and donations are still coming in. Congratulations Eaglecrest!!
Bruins band together for Wish Week
To the students and community of Cherry Creek High School, the week of Feb. 2-6 was not just an average school week. The week consisted of various fundraiser events, such as ping pong and basketball games to Frozen sing-a-long contest and talent shows, all to raise money for Make-A-Wish Colorado and one teenager with a very special wish.
“This is an amazing, spirit-filled week at Creek,” said Krista Keogh, activities director at Cherry Creek. “I love seeing our community come together to have fun for a great cause.”
This is the Bruins’ sixth year hosting a weeklong fundraiser or Wish Week for Make-A-Wish Colorado. This year, the students were fundraising on behalf of 15-year-old Adam, who has cystic fibrosis. In addition to liking video games and all types of music, this Parker native is passionate about soccer, which inspired his wish from Make-A-Wish Colorado to attend a Manchester United game.
Chelo Curi, a former professional soccer player and Cherry Creek boys soccer coach, presented Adam with his very own Manchester United jersey and soccer ball, student council members revealed their fundraising grand total of $15,500.
In its six years of supporting Make-A-Wish Colorado, Cherry Creek has raised a combined total of more than $100,000, enough to grant 13 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
CCHS info was excerpted from an article by Amanda Ford, communications manager, Make-A-Wish Colorado.