Written by APS Intern Esthefane Salcedo
As a heart-warming way of helping the community, Gateway High School students came together to raise money for a six-year-old leukemia survivor named Emilio. Partnering with the Make-A-Wish Colorado foundation, the students motivated their community to raise over $8,000, allowing Emilio to fulfill his wish of swimming with the sharks in Hawaii.
This is the fourth year the Olys’ Student Council has made a dream come true for a child battling a life-threatening medical condition. The group organizes fundraisers through a variety of creative school events. From selling Make-A-Wish T-shirts to partnering with local companies, Gateway has collected more than $40,000 in donations for the cause.
Make-A-Wish Colorado grants dreams for children like Emilio with over 5,000 successful wishes come true. The Colorado charity organization, established in 1983, was one of the first chapters in the United States.
Through this generous project, Gateway students have demonstrated how youth can make a difference in the community with the right amount of hard work and dedication. Gateway students exemplify the potential of the future and show the positive impact of a helping hand.
We are proud to see these young leaders make a difference in the community. Way to go Olys!