Wish Week has become a favorite week among the students and staff of Ponderosa High School. As part of Make-A-Wish® Colorado’s Kids For Wish Kids® program, the community of Ponderosa High School has raised over $50,000 in the past three years to help grant wishes of children facing life-threatening medical conditions. The Kids For Wish Kids program gives students a chance to gain a better understanding of philanthropy and the value of community service while changing the lives of Colorado wish kids and their families. Kids like 10-year-old John, who is battling a rare hematological disorder.
John is a World War II enthusiast who loves nothing more than learning about history. In his free time he takes a trip back in time, diving into textbooks and reading his all-time favorite book, The Diary of Anne Frank. When he was referred to Make-A-Wish Colorado, John decided he wanted to visit some of the battle locations that he’s only read about. John is eagerly counting down the days until he and his family leave for his wish experience in May.
To celebrate wishes like John’s and their Wish Week, the students of Ponderosa High School decorated their halls with paper airplane figures, army men cut-outs, and a red,white and blue mural. The Wish Week festivities included a dodgeball tournament, comedy night and blacklight party. At their assembly, John and his brother Liam stared in the school-wide lip dub video and rode in a military decorated golf cart. Even the faculty got involved by letting students throw pies in their faces.
Thanks to the students at Ponderosa High School, and their feeder middle school, Sagewood Middle School, the students raised over $22,000 to grant wishes like John's.