Mountain Vista sets national record for Wish Week, DCSD schools raise $285,000 overall
DOUGLAS COUNTY – Students throughout Douglas County are always enthusiastically volunteering, fundraising and supporting the community. Sometimes these are individual or small group efforts. Each year in many Douglas County high schools, the entire building will come together for Wish Week.
A program of Make-A-Wish Colorado, Wish Week is a program designed to unite students for a bigger cause, and in addition to granting wishes for sick children, it builds school spirit and encourages leadership and teamwork.
So far this school year, high schools in Douglas County have contributed over $285,000 to Make-A-Wish Colorado and have granted over 30 children’s wishes! And Chaparral and Ponderosa both still have Wish Weeks to come.
Take a look at what some of DCSD high schools have already accomplished.
The big news this past week was that Mountain Vista set a new national record, raising $92,780!
The school is granting 9-year-old Marlee’s wish. Marlee is currently fighting rhabdomyosarcoma (a rare malignant tumor involving striated muscle tissue). However Marlee does not let rhabdomyosarcoma stop her. Marlee is a soccer playing, animal loving, full of energy young girl. Marlee’s wish is to give. Her goal is to build as many Build-A-Bear stuffed animals as she possibly can and personally deliver them to other kids that are spending time at Children’s Hospital.
Mountain Vista will be able to grant at least 10 additional children's wishes thanks to the funds raised.
Rock Canyon was the first DCSD high school to begin hosting Wish Week six years ago. This year, they set their own record, raising $73,094 for Lucy, who has Hodgkin's lymphoma. Her wish is to go to Discovery Cove in Florida to meet dolphins.
The amount raised will benefit an additional 11 children.
The Huskies ended up raising more than $40,000 at the end of January during their Wish Week, enough to grant 5 wishes!
This year, Douglas County High supported Jacob, who lives in Castle Rock. Jacob has Astrocytoma, a form of brain cancer. Jacob loves dinosaurs and wanted to take his family to Hawaii to see where they filmed the movie "Jurassic Park."
DC also reached out to local feeder schools Mesa Middle School, Renaissance Elementary, Rock Ridge Elementary and Sage Canyon Elementary, all of whom contributed gifts for Jacob in addition to fundraising efforts.
Castle View holds a week called Make A Difference Week, which they just held in late February. The school raised $31,279 to support Challenging Heights School in Ghana.
Legend held its Wish Week in late January. They helped a 6 year old boy named Braxton, as well as the families of the two students who recently passed away, raising $48,000.
ThunderRidge held its Wish Week back in November. They raised over $20,000 and engaged their feeder schools, as well, for the fundraiser.
Chaparral’s Wish Week begins today and runs through March 11. Last year they raised $48,876. Movies and restaurant fundraisers are scheduled, which you can find here.
Ponderosa’s Wish Week will be April 1-8. This is the second year Ponderosa will sponsor a Wish Week. They will be supporting 8-year-old Claire, who has a chronic kidney disease. Her wish is to have a dolphin experience.
Last year, the school raised $31,400 and they were able to grant three children’s wishes.
This page will be updated as news of more Wish Week results come in!