Lakewood High School students capped off a year of national recognition by donating a check for more than $9,000 to the Red Cross. The funds came from sales of the school’s “One World, One Roar” T-shirt.
On Dec. 3 representatives of the Red Cross of Colorado were on hand to receive the check from the school’s Student Senate. Student Body President Courtney Coddington spearheaded the school’s project and “Roar” video, which brought Katy Perry to Lakewood.
“This has all been a big whirlwind, especially with the success of this program” Principal Ron Castagna said.
Gino Greco, CEO of Red Cross of Colorado, received the check and told the students that he and the other Red Cross members were there because of the students’ talents.
“You guys nailed this thing, but you didn’t stop there,” he said of the “Roar” video. “You challenged high schools around the country to raise money for charities.”
The challenge to other schools and Lakewood’s efforts to raise money for the Red Cross came in response to the flooding Colorado faced in September, but Greco told the students that the Red Cross responds to about 400 disasters a year, and thanks to the school’s efforts, the organization will be able to keep it up.
“I’m always amazed by this generation of Coloradans, especially when you have teens who have a video like they did and turn it into something good. I think it speaks volumes about the school,” Greco said. “This is a great opportunity to start a relationship with the youth, and we hope to see more fundraising and volunteering.”
According to Gabriella Visani, student body vice president, this is just the start of what the school hopes to accomplish.
“We’re promoting the message of giving back to the community,” she said. “We’re having ‘Roar-Out’ basketball games to raise money for typhoon victims.”
Visani said the spirit of altruism has really spread all over the school, and that students see people wearing “One World, One Roar” shirts all over.