High school students spread generosity
EDMOND — Edmond high school students raised nearly $1.4 million this year for local charities.
During the first of the three fundraising events, Edmond North High School raised $708,748 during BALTO Week, with most of the money going to support the nonprofit Fields & Futures. The organization furnishes underfunded Oklahoma City schools with athletic fields, and the money will go toward building fields at Roosevelt Middle School, 3233 SW 44.
“This is where magic happens. Sports are a positive activity for teens. The more they play, the more they stay and then graduate,” Fields & Features co-founder Tim McLaughlin said.
Edmond Santa Fe High School students raised $162,556 during Double Wolf Dare Week, of which more than $150,000 was donated to the CARE Center to help abused children. Founded in 1993, the nonprofit organization works to provide support to children and families working through abusive situations.
Santa Fe Principal Jason Hayes said the fundraising event instills important lifelong values.
“This is a very important lesson for them to learn. I'm proud of their effort and team work. I hope they will learn the spirit of giving to their community and also teach that to their children,” Hayes said.
CARE Center Executive Director, Stacy McNeiland, said she was grateful for the generosity of the students and praised their efforts, adding that the money would go toward developing new programs.
More than $524,000 was raised during Edmond Memorial High School's Swine Week. Students chose to raise money for Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, which offers free support to help children and teens deal with traumatic situations such as death or divorce.
Calm Waters Executive Director Barbara Butner said the donation couldn't have come at a better time, as the organization receives no state or federal funding and with difficult economic times the support would work toward keeping them funded and would allow for the creation of an Edmond outreach.
The schools raised $1.39 million this year, and 5 percent went to the Edmond Public Schools Foundation, which “connects the community and its resources with the Edmond Public Schools teacher, student and school needs in pursuit of the highest level of academic excellence,” according to its website.