uot;This world will be a better place if it acted more like the students of Santa Fe High School this week.”
The students set out to raise $115,000 for the organization that grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
"They calculated with our totals last year that we could grant exactly 23 wishes and there are exactly 23 children in Edmond waiting to have their wish(es) granted,” Santa Fe senior class President Beth Juge said.
Efforts to help the less fortunate left an indelible impression on students at Edmond North this school year.
Students there raised almost $229,000 for Victory Junction Camp in North Carolina during their annual Bring A Light To Others campaign. The camp for special needs students was founded by race car driver Kyle Petty and his wife, Pattie, in memory of their son, Adam.
The money North students raised will be used to help special needs students from Oklahoma travel to and attend programs at the camp.
Jillian Vaught, a junior and member of the school’s student council, said working on behalf of the charity changed her for the better.
"If I hadn’t been a part of (BALTO) I don’t think I’d have the study skills I have now or the compassion to give back to others,” she said. "Obviously some of that is from my parents, but seeing the impact is so much more valuable. I know that I will forever look back on BALTO and see the difference it made and strive to make that difference again.”