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CCSD students, schools, and communities come together to make wishes and dreams come true

Students across the Cherry Creek School District’s 108 square miles recently experienced what it means to be part of something bigger than themselves as they worked to make wishes and dreams come true for children battling life-threatening and life-altering illnesses and conditions.

During January, February, and March, CCSD high schools held their annual Wish Week, Dream Week, or Power Week to raise funds for non-profit organizations that support kids and families facing incredible challenges. The fundraising weeks are student-led, involve entire feeder areas, and bring school communities together for a common, and worthwhile, cause.

Enjoy these 2024 highlights!


GHS Dream WEekGrandview High School

“All in for Finn!” was the rallying cry as the Grandview High School feeder area celebrated its annual Dream Week, March 4-8. Finn is a 13-year-old boy with Down syndrome who is battling leukemia. The Wolves are still waiting for a final total, but they know they raised thousands of dollars for Dream on 3, a non-profit organization that makes sports dreams come true for kids with life-altering conditions. As a result, Finn will get to go to the University of Michigan this fall, to watch a Wolverines football game! 

Way to go, GHS!

Check out the GHS Instagram Reel here


Cherry Creek Elevation

CCSD’s blended, online middle and high school, Cherry Creek Elevation, held a Wish Month, Feb. 1-29. That’s because Elevation students only have one “brick day,” when they attend school in person, each week. Elevation kicked off their Wish Month with a presentation by Elevation and Cherry Creek High School junior Garrett Rymer. He is a cancer survivor and former Wish Kid, whose wish was to be on the television program Expedition Overland. Elevation students held a variety of fun, fundraising activities to benefit Make-A-Wish Colorado and kids like Garrett.

Read Garrett’s story here.

Congratulations, Elevation!


CTHS Wish WeekCherokee Trail High School 

Cougar Nation celebrated its annual Wish Week Feb. 12-16. Students, staff, and the entire CTHS community raised funds for Make-A-Wish Colorado, to grant a wish for Jade, a 3-year-old who battled cancer. Jade’s wish is to have a princess makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Walt Disney World. The Wish-Week assembly was filled with fun competitions and emotional testimonials from Jade’s family and Peyton Allen, a current CT sophomore who is a cancer survivor and former Wish Kid. The CTHS community raised more than $42,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado so more kids with critical illnesses can have wishes granted. 

Congratulations, Cougars!

Watch the CTHS Instagram Reel here.


CCHS Power WeekCherry Creek High School 

Cherry Creek High School celebrated Power Week Feb. 12-16 and raised more than $50K for Bags of Fun, a non-profit organization that provides a backpack of activities, games, and more for kids fighting long-term illnesses. Creek’s Power Week assembly featured the school’s nationally-award-winning cheer team as well as dance teams and senior Garrett Rymer, who was a previous Bags of Fun recipient.

Bravo, Bruins!

See the CCHS Instagram Reel here.


Eaglecrest High School

The Eaglecrest Raptors soared during their Wish Week, holding a variety of fundraising events and working with their feeder schools to raise thousands of dollars for Make-A-Wish Colorado. That money will help grant the wish of Cait, who has Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JMD), an autoimmune disease. Cait’s wish is to go to New York to see Hamilton on Broadway.  

Way to go, Raptors!

Check out the EHS Instagram Reel here.


Overland High School

Congratulations to the Overland Trailblazers for an incredible Wish Week honoring Neymar! ‘Blazer Nation raised over $21,000 for Make-A-Wish Colorado to send Neymar and his family to Disneyland! Neymar’s Wish Week celebration included all his favorite things: the color red, Disney, and SpongeBob! 

Well done, OHS!

Watch the OHS Instagram Reel here


Smoky Hill High School

The Smoky Hill feeder area raised over $30,000 during its annual Wish Week, held Jan. 22-26. This year, Smoky Hill raised funds for Make-A-Wish Colorado to help grant the wish of Mission Viejo Elementary second-grader, Vivian. She loves Taylor Swift, the colors pink and purple, and princesses. Vivian wished for a camper to spend time with her family and see more of Colorado. 

Thank you, Smoky Hill, for making Vivian’s wish a reality! 

See the SHHS Instagram Reel here

Posted 3/12/2024.