Mountain Vista High School set a national record for money raised during Wish Week, according to Make-A-Wish Colorado. The school raised $92,000 for Make-A-Wish.
In past years, another school in Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon, has led the way in fundraising. Rock Canyon’s total reached $72,500 in one week in 2014, according to Make-A-Wish. That was the national record at the time.
“I am really proud of our Student Leadership group as they had a well-organized and executed plan in making the week so special,” Mountain Vista Principal Michael Weaver said. “The involvement of our feeders (Mountain Ridge Middle School and the six elementary schools) was huge and it was amazing to see the entire Vista community fully behind such a meaningful cause.”
Mountian Vista helped support a 9-year old girl with cancer named Marlee, who wanted to give teddy bears to children in the oncology ward at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Marlee has rhabdomyosarcoma, which is cancer of the soft tissue or muscles.
“After learning about what Marlee’s days are like in chemotherapy, students were blown away to meet their wish kid and learn that she wants nothing more than to give back,” said Claire Babb of Make-A-Wish Colorado. “Marlee’s big heart motivated the entire community to dedicate their week to giving back in record-breaking ways.”
Weaver said the Mountain Vista community needed something to rally behind.
“As most know, recently we have had to deal reactively with some situations that have been out of our control and have had such an impact on our kids and our school,” Weaver said. “Wish Week allowed us to proactively focus on something incredibly positive in a proactive way. The kids finally had a renewed feeling of empowerment. The timing was great, and our kids, staff, school and community needed Make-A-Wish and Marlee as much as they needed us.”
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