Students in Parker schools help Make-A-Wish

Ponderosa, Chaparral raise nearly $100,000 combined

Elliott Wenzler
ewenzler@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 4/20/21

Ponderosa High School and Chapparal High School completed their wish week celebrations on April 9, raising a combined $98,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation. Each participating school has a “wish …

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Students in Parker schools help Make-A-Wish

Ponderosa, Chaparral raise nearly $100,000 combined

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Ponderosa High School and Chapparal High School completed their wish week celebrations on April 9, raising a combined $98,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Each participating school has a “wish kid” who represents the kids that the students are fundraising for. Make-A-Wish is a nonprofit that helps fulfill the wishes of children with a critical illness.

Chaparral High School’s wish kid, 7-year-old Emma, has a genetic disorder impacting her heart and lungs. Her wish, for a camper, was granted last month.

The school also had an additional wish kid since last year’s events were canceled. Chelsea, 10, has aplastic anemia and leukemia. She is still waiting to finalize her wish.

“We do wish week every year. This year was very different, there were lots of obstacles and challenges to overcome to stay COVID-safe,” said Kathy Gappinger, the school’s student government faculty adviser. 

Chaparral raised about $80,000 during their events, which will fund at least 10 wishes.

“We were immediately all in tears at that dollar amount,” Gappinger said.

Both schools raised funds through business partnerships and donations from the community and students.

“It’s hard to explain what wish week feels like in the building, it just has this certain kind of magic,” Gappinger said. “I didn’t know this year if we would feel it … and we definitely did.”

At Ponderosa High School, Zoey, 12, from Denver was selected as wish kid, according to a Make-A-Wish spokesperson.

Zoey, who has been diagnosed with cancer, is waiting to finalize her wish. The school raised more than $18,000 for the nonprofit.

Legend High School’s wish week will begin April 23 and end April 30.

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