The student body of Edmond Santa Fe High School kicked off its
annual charity week, Double Wolf Dare Week on Monday. The week will consist of daily assemblies and night events for the students in efforts to raise money for their 2014 DWDW recipient, Pepper’s Ranch Inc.
This year, the students hope to raise $150,000 for the charity, impacting many of the foster families in the community as well as the Common Thread recipient. Each of the three Edmond high schools will donate 5 percent of funds collected during their annual weeks of fundraising to the Common Thread, U R Special Ministries of Edmond Inc.
This year’s theme for DWDW is Dr. Seuss, with the headlined quote, “It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become,” as stated in Seuss’s story of “The Lorax.”
Student volunteers named “Ugly Men” will perform dares throughout the week-long event to raise money for DWDW. The students will participate in activities such as singing karaoke in the cafeteria, playing pranks on other students and teachers and even waxing off facial hairs, all in order to “Make A Difference.” The term “Make A Difference” was coined during last year’s activities. It was chosen to focus the efforts of the students on the lives being impacted, rather than financial aspirations and goals. This official motto now headlines the philanthropy week’s new logo.
Scheduled events of the week include:
• On Monday students arrived to school for the week’s opening assembly wearing all white for the Whiteout dress up day. The assembly was during school hours and the day ended with a Blacklight Dance for students.
• On Seuss-Day Tuesday, students will dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters and attend the Mr. DWDW Pageant. Later that day, the school will be presenting a movie night for students with college-themed activities. The movie showing is “Monster’s University.”
• Wednesday is Safari Day. On this day, students will dress up as safari guides or various wild animals. That morning, teachers of Santa Fe will participate in a talent show known as Faculty Follies. In the afternoon, registered student teams will participate in a dodgeball-like tournament called Duckball.
• On Thursday, the battle between superheroes and fairytales will begin as students dress up in support of their side.
The assembly for Thursday will consist of a Date Auction and a competition among Boy Bands. Thursday evening’s night event will be a game night and will consist of a ping pong tournament.
• Finally, Friday will finish the week with students wearing their Double Wolf Dare Week T-shirts and pajama bottoms.
The fun-filled, cause-driven week will come to a close with the last assembly. At the final assembly, there will be final dares and other fun activities. For the finale, the week’s total will be revealed with the expectation of lives being changed forever.
Some of the local entities who have helped sponsor the week include Gaillardia Country Club, Core Transit Inc., The Exchange OKC, The Greens Country Club, Sierra Resources LLC and NORTHchurch.
The public may contribute by following Early Insurance on Twitter or Facebook, who will donate $1,000 once 750 social media likes, follows or shares are achieved. For more information about the recipients or DWDW, visit www.dwdw.org. The community is welcome to contact Edmond Santa Fe Student Council at 726-7432 or by email Santafestuco@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.
CLAIRE OLDHAM is a student at Santa Fe High School and a member of the Santa Fe Student Council.