It's the time of year when high school students across the Cherry Creek School District join with their teachers and families, friends and neighbors, to support worthwhile causes in their communities.
A magical “Celebration of Wishes” was the culmination of a successful Wish Week at Cherokee Trail High School. The event, held on the evening of Feb. 8, was part pep rally, part school dance and part game night, but it was all about three-year-old Raegan, Cherokee Trail’s “Wish Kid.” The adorable youngster has been battling leukemia most of her short life and wants to go to Disney World and meet her favorite princess, Ariel. So Cherokee Trail invited a mermaid to the celebration and set out to make Raegan’s dream come true.
Led by the CTHS Student Leadership group, the Cougar community raised a near-record $40,000 for Make-A-Wish Colorado, and organization that grants wishes for children who are battling life-threatening illnesses. Cherokee Trail students, staff, families and community members participated in a variety of fundraising events, including a dodgeball tournament on Feb. 4 and a “Celebrate the Arts” concert, which involved student musicians from schools across the CT feeder area, on Feb. 5.
Raegan loved being the guest of honor at CT’s Celebration of Wishes and she and her family are looking forward to making more magical memories with Ariel at Disney World.
The power of a caring community was perfectly evident during Power Week at Cherry Creek High School, held Feb. 4-8. For the third year in a row, CCHS students, staff, families and community members came together in a big way to support the Gabby Krause Foundation and its Bags of Fun program. Gabby was an amazing six-year old who died in September 2004 after a courageous 19-month battle with brain cancer. Her wish was that every child who had to spend time at a hospital battling serious illness or injury could have a bag filled with books, toys, games and other activities to enjoy.
Led by the CCHS Student Senate and supported by feature sponsor Royce Zimmerman and Associates, a local financial planning firm, the school raised more than $26,000 for the Bags of Fun program, far surpassing its ambitious goal of $20,000. That was accomplished through a variety of fun, fundraising events, including:
NHS Brain Bowl - a trivia contest sponsored by the National Honor Society, where teams of four people were asked various questions. Both student and faculty teams competed against each other.
Mr. Creek Contest – ten junior and senior boys competed in a talent, karaoke and interview contest to earn the coveted title of Mr. Creek. Congratulations to the winner, senior Mick Hashimoto.
CCHS Talent Show: Over 26 different acts performed including vocalists, musicians, comedians, Bollywood dancers and poets.
Cherry Creek High School thanks everyone who supported Power Week, including students at Belleview and Cottonwood Creek elementary schools who raised money for the cause by holding penny war competitions in their classrooms, and local restaurants, including Chipotle, Glacier Ice Cream and Slices Pizza, which donated a portion of their sales during Power Week.
EHS community supports CCSD student in battle with leukemia
Eaglecrest High School students, staff and community member are rallying around a CCSD student named Connor, who is battling leukemia. The Raptors are raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to raise awareness and to support research and treatment for Connor and the more than 1.2 million other Americans who are fighting those diseases.
EHS kicked off its 2019 Wish Week on Jan. 31 with the Mr. EHS competition, followed by an all-school assembly. During the assembly, Jennifer Moody with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society told students that by dedicating their Wish Week to this cause, they are creating greater awareness and making a positive difference for families impacted by these diseases. EHS seniors Caroline Wheeler and Alexis Cook introduced the school to Connor by sharing his story, then his family played a slideshow of him doing things he loves. Connor had hoped to participate in the assembly, but unfortunately, his immune system was too weak for him to attend.
Eaglecrest will host a number of fundraising events this week, including shirt sales, restaurant nights, and class/teacher competitions. The goal is to raise both money and awareness of leukemia and lymphoma, which are types of cancer that can affect bone marrow, blood cells, lymph nodes and other parts of the lymphatic system.
Smoky Hill High School kicks off CCSD Wish Weeks in a big way
Last week, Smoky Hill High School hosted its 9th Annual Wish Week to support Make-A-Wish of Colorado and the wish of 5-year-old Jerelias. The youngster has been through multiple heart surgeries and his "one true wish" is to be able to go to Disney World with his family of 10.
Together the Smoky Hill community raised a total of $32,146.44 for Make-A-Wish of Colorado. The money was raised through a Winter Dance, DECA Marketplace, dodgeball tournament, Mr. & Ms. Smoky Hill Show, Jedi Jerelias T-shirt sales, restaurant nights and a coin drive sponsored by Jimmy John's.
Jerelias attended the Smoky Hill Wish Week Pep Assembly on Jan. 25. He and his family participated in class competitions, sing-alongs and dance battles throughout the assembly. Jerelias and his family also stayed after the assembly to participate in the filming of the annual Smoky Hill Lip Dub.
During the past nine years, Smoky Hill High has raised over $220,000 for Make-A-Wish of Colorado. Way to go, Buffaloes!
Smoky Hill High School photos courtesy of Aidan Hicks.