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High schools go above and beyond for fundraisers

Highlands Ranch students help people with severe medical conditions


Every year, four public high schools in Highlands Ranch spend weeks raising money for a nonprofit organization. The philanthropic effort goes far beyond dollars — it is an opportunity for students to show compassion.

Rock Canyon, Mountain Vista and ThunderRidge high schools fundraise for Make-a-Wish Colorado, a branch of the national nonprofit organization that grants the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.

Highlands Ranch High School participates in Pennies for Patients, a three-week program that encourages students to collect pennies for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a health organization dedicated to blood cancer patients.

Below is a description of what each school accomplished for 2017.

Rock Canyon High School

Raised: $68,957.91

“The RCHS 2017 Wish Week was nothing short of spectacular. Wish Week has always been about granting one wish. This year we were so thrilled to see our spirited community come together to grant Faith’s wish to learn how to hula dance in Hawaii. At our closing assembly we brought in special guests who taught our whole student body, as well as Faith and her family, how to hula dance. We hope Faith and her family have a blast in Hawaii, and we hope it is a great time spent away from the daily battle with her illness,” said principal Andy Abner.

Mountain Vista High School

Raised: $127,781 

“Wish Week has become an unbelievable event at Vista. The positive and inclusive feel of the week is special. The amazing planning by our leadership kids, involvement and contributions of Mountain Ridge Middle School and our feeder elementary schools, and the community support make this one of the most successful, memorable and meaningful weeks of the year,” said principal Mike Weaver.

ThunderRidge High School

Raised: $18,500

“Wish Week has always been a blast for our students as we rally around a common good to help a member of our community. Not only do we raise funds to grant the wish, we also make sure that the student has an amazing day at our school prior to the grant being wished. Our student was our special guest at the ThunderRidge-Mountain Vista basketball game. So in the end, it wasn’t just the wish, but about the community really embracing her and making her feel a part of the TR family,” said Thomas Sullivan, ThunderRidge math teacher and Wish Week sponsor.

Highlands Ranch High School

Raised: $20,000

To celebrate the school’s commitment to Pennies for Patients, principal Chris Page was duct taped to a wall dressed in Broncos gear and hit with whipped cream pies at a recent school assembly.


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