The information below comes from District 113.
Highland Park High School will kick off its annual Charity Drive fundraiser in February. Students are very excited about this year’s 2013 beneficiary, Children’s Oncology Services – One Step at a Time Camps.
“This charity is one that many kids in our school can connect to,” Jessica Allen, HPHS senior and Charity Drive organizer, said. Allen is one of three committee heads this year along with Emily Jaksich and Samantha Klein. “We’re so honored that all of us got this opportunity,” Klein added.
Children’s Oncology Services provides hundreds of children who are suffering with cancer, the opportunity to attend a summer camp experience. Campers often say, “Chemotherapy cured my cancer but camp cured my spirit.”
Students have been planning activities for the fundraising event since the beginning of the year. Some of this year’s highlights will include a silent auction and a dance at Michael’s in Highland Park.
“It’s also the small events that make a big difference too, like lunch time activities and cupcake decorating,” Klein said. “We just try every year to come up with new and exciting ideas to pursue with Charity Drive.”
Organizers are also looking forward to getting to know their counterparts from One Step at a Time.
“We’re really excited because as the heads we get to have a more intimate relationship with the people who run the charity,” Jaksich said.
The 2012 HPHS Charity Drive raised $167,000 for Leukemia Research Foundation.