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.