Rock Canyon celebrates another magical wish week
RCHS students Sarah Bermingham, Alana Graves and Kira Hartz help raise money for RCHS wish week by participating in the school’s newest fundraiser, the walk for wishes.
Article and photos by Sarah Bermingham, RCHS intern writer
Rock Canyon High School’s (RCHS) wish week is always one of the best weeks of the year. The event brings together the entire school for a wonderful cause to grant the wish of one special child in need. Every year, RCHS partners with the Make-A-Wish Founda tion and raises money for one wish kid, however, the school usually raises enough money to grant many wishes. This year, RCHS raised $64,305.00 for our wish kid Violet.
Violet and her twin sister Lilly have a rare form of epilepsy, but that doesn’t stop them from enjoying amazing experiences together. Lilly’s wish was already granted when she went to Disney World, and she was excited to help grant her sister’s wish to swim with dolphins.
RCHS granted Violet’s wish by fundraising events that not only raised money but also brought the school together to give to something greater than themselves. Fundraisers included restaurant nights, blacklight dodgeball, basketball, class stalls, dare-to-share-your-hair, T-shirt sales and new this year, walk for wishes, which was a 1.7-mile walk around the school with pancakes, coffee, face and car painting and a popup Kendra Scott shop provided after the fundraising walk. Alana Graves, RCHS sophomore, said, “I loved the idea of a short walk as it was a fun thing to do, and it was something almost everyone could do.”
Kennedy Scott supports RCHS wish week and Violet’s wish by participating in the dare-to-share-your-hair event and in the tropical themed dress-up day.
Kira Hartz, RCHS student, and Castle Pines resident said, “It is important to give back to people because we are such an affluent community and it is an excellent way to show school pride! I went to dodgeball, walk for wishes and participated in some of the restaurant fundraisers.”
During Wish Week, the halls of RCHS are full of kindness and support. Kennedy Scott, RCHS Sophomore and Castle Pines resident, said, “I love how wish week brings not only Rock Canyon together, but also the community to achieve the same amazing goal.” Scott donated eight inches of her hair to dare-to-share-your-hair, giving so much to a child in need. Mikayla Jennings, also an RCHS student and Castle Pines resident, explained wish week by saying, “Wish week will always be magical. It is what brings Rock Canyon and our wish kids so much happiness.”