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Rock Canyon grants the wishes of 8 kids over 7 days

HIGHLANDS RANCH – When the students at Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) organized this year’s Wish Week, their goal was to send Mara, a sick 10-year-old, on a Disney Cruise. They never guessed that they would grant the wishes of seven other kids too.
Mara has a rare type of dwarfism called Cartilage Hair Hypoplasia and Severe Combined Immunodeficiency. She was on the student’s minds during every fundraising event they hosted over the course of Wish Week, including dodge ball, a basketball tournament, Cosmic bowling, and more to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The students kicked things off at an opening assembly by giving $8,426.64 during the “Miracle Minute.”
The school also organized seven “Dish for a Wish” events—encouraging the school community to eat out at Jersey Mikes, BTO, Buffalo Wild Wings, Smash Burger, Chipotle, California Pizza Kitchen and Chick-fil-a. A percentage of every bill was donated to Mara's wish. 
Many of the students are sporting a new look after participating in the "Dare to Share Your Hair" event, where either shaved their head or donated their hair.
Finally, the school had a penny stall where students would bring in change and their teacher's had to count the change before class could start.  One teacher counted over $2,000 in change.  
The entire week culminated with a rally on March 1—celebrating Mara and the amazing generosity of the RCHS community. During the event the student body presented the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado with a check for $60,587.80. That covered the cost of eight wishes:
Mara- 10- Disney Cruise
Rylie- 14- Disney Cruise
Nathaniel- 6- Carsland
Ezra- 12- Disney World
Zachary- 5- Disney World
Joel-8- Disney World
Danielle- 17- Play Gold with the Players
Jacob- 13- Learn to surf in Hawaii
"Wish Week is one of the most amazing weeks of the year," said RCHS social studies teacher Kate Hartline. "Wish Week is a time for the school to come together, a chance to give without getting anything in return, and to bring happiness to a family currently facing a difficult illness. Our goal was to grant one wish and make sure that our wish kid can have a happy ending to their story."
October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category:

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