Douglas County students learning to give

Make-A-Wish expects $200,000 in 2015 local school donations

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Rock Canyon High School gets the spotlight for its record-setting Make-A-Wish Foundation Wish Week totals, but it’s hardly the only Douglas County High School that raises money for Make-A-Wish or other organizations.

In 2015, Make-A-Wish expects to receive a total of about $200,000 from Douglas County Schools.

Mountain Vista High School also raised an astronomical amount during its 2015 Wish Week: About $53,000.

Rock Canyon accumulated its record-setting $72,500 in 2014. This year, it raised $65,700.

The average cost to grant a child’s wish is $7,500, which means DCSD schools are making wishes come true for 26 children.

“It’s just insane; we are not complaining,” Make-A-Wish Colorado spokeswoman Amanda Ford said. “I think other schools use Rock Canyon for inspiration and some of the different schools are catching up to them.”

Mountain Vista student leadership director Lindsey Jaffe agreed, saying students, “went crazy this year, in a very good way.”

Despite its close proximity to Mountain Vista, Jaffe said Rock Canyon wasn’t a factor in her school’s Wish Week frenzy.

“Our goal was $50,000,” she said. “Anything above that was awesome.”

Mountain Vista’s Wish Week recipient was a 4-year-old Littleton boy who is blind and suffers from both epilepsy and other conditions. Their fundraising easily granted his wish to go to Disneyland.

“The kids just bought in,” Jaffe said. “School spirit is at an all-time high. Pride is at an all-time high. It’s the support we have at our games, for our plays — just everything in general. We have a really great administration, an awesome staff, great kids and great parents. When we have these crazy idea, they’re all super supportive.”

Douglas County and Legend high schools each raised more than $15,000 in 2015. ThunderRidge students brought in more than $20,000 during their Wish Week.

Ponderosa and Chaparral high schools will hold their Wish Week events in March and April, respectively.

Highlands Ranch High School participates in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients school fundraiser.

Castle View High School will participate in a week of fundraisers in March to benefit the Muanjadi Organization, a nonprofit that helps young girls in the Congo complete their high school education, avoid an early arranged marriage and have better lives.

Feeder elementary and middle schools also participate in many of the fundraisers, holding their own events to add to the collection.

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