Dodge4Life event held at Elizabeth High School

Club raises $2,700 for Camp Wapiyapi

The Elizabeth High School chapter of the student group FCCLA — Family, Community, and Career Leaders of America — hosted their yearly Dodge4Life dodgeball tournament on Oct. 27. The event raised $2,700 with the funds going toward Camp Wapiyapi, a free summer camp for children facing pediatric cancer.
The EHS gym was crammed with spectators and participants as 14 teams competed in a double-elimination dodgeball tournament. Teams were self-organized, mostly consisting of Elizabeth High School students. However, anyone could participate in the tournament, drawing in community members, parents, teachers and even Elizabeth Police Officer Craig Myers.
“Once again our community has come together to support a cause that is connected to our local families who have had children with severe medical needs,” said Melanie Darter, faculty advisor for the FCCLA club. “Without our teams, volunteers, and donations, we would not have been able to make this event such a huge success.”
Of the 14 teams that competed, three were made up of students from the EHS automotive program. Also competing was automotive teacher Derek Spohn. The class was also responsible for making many of the silent auction items: soldered metal artwork. Other donations that the FCCLA club received for the event were a $100 gift card from the Elizabeth Walmart and a $25 gift card from the Elizabeth Safeway.
Camp Wapiyapi caters to children with cancer ages 6 to 17 years old. Along with the patients, their siblings also join them in experiencing the camp experience. The camp takes place every year at Quaker Ridge Camp in Woodland Park, and is held in several weeklong sessions. There is also a virtual option for kids unable to participate in person.
“Camp Wapiyapi was highly recommended by two families who have both attended the camp with their children who were battling cancer,” said Darter. “FCCLA is a student leadership organization that works hard to address the needs of our family. Our chapter membership worked hard to put on the event under the leadership of our Dodge4Life committee chairs, Ava Davies and Lailah Ortiz.”
For more information on Camp Wapiyapi, visit
To keep up with events and fundraisers organized by the Elizabeth High School FCCLA, follow them on Instagram: @fcclacardinals.
Elizabeth High School, Camp Wapiyapi, Dodge4Life, Elbert County, Colorado


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