Special to The Sun
Edmond Santa Fe High School’s Student Council is preparing for its 19th Annual Community Service Week, Double Wolf Dare Week (DWDW).
During this week of fundraising, the school and community work together to raise money for a local non profit organization. Double Wolf Dare Week will be held during the week of Feb. 24-28.
While their monetary goal this year is $150,000, the main focus is toward making a difference in the lives of children in Oklahoma. A series of events have been planned before and during the week to reach their goal.
The 2014 beneficiary is Peppers Ranch Inc.
“As a community, Peppers Ranch seeks to provide a home and more importantly, a family to children in the Oklahoma foster care system who have suffered from abuse and neglect,” said Student Council sponsor Heather Jones.
“Most of these children come from broken, dysfunctional homes, or feel isolated and not accepted in their homes, schools and communities. It is the goal of Peppers Ranch to provide children with the tools to not just get by in life, but to become happy, successful and independent adults.”
To date, 397 children have called Peppers Ranch “home.” To each individual child, Peppers Ranch is hope for a brighter future, and the hope of a safe and loving family.
The three high schools have chosen U R Special as the Common Thread. Five percent of all monies raised by the high schools will be donated to U R Special Ministries. U R Special offers new clothing, shoes and coats to children in need.
“We welcome the public to join us at three upcoming community events to raise money for our beneficiary,” Jones said. “These events include: DWDW Children’s Carnival, Wolfstock auditions and the Drive for Education.
“The DWDW Children’s Carnival will be from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday at Edmond Santa Fe High School. We’ll have inflatables, a life-size game board, carnival games, exotic animals and much more.”
WolfStock auditions is coming up and all bands and performers, young and old, who would like to play in a benefit concert are invited to audition. Auditions will be at Edmond Santa Fe’s Freshmen Academy beginning at noon Jan. 25. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at The Exchange OKC.
Jim Norton Toyota is hosting the Drive for Education event, which will take place from Jan. 13-Feb. 13. Local families can help out their local high school by simply donating their time and a test drive. At the end of this “Drive for Education” Jim Norton Toyota will present Santa Fe with a $5,000 check if 150 people affiliated with Santa Fe (one person per address) test drive a car. This is one of several community partnerships that Jim Norton Toyota of OKC plans to pursue to continue support of local schools.
Financial donations will be accepted through February and are tax deductible. Checks can be made out to Edmond Santa Fe High School and mailed to: Edmond Santa Fe, Attn: Student Council, 1901 W. 15th St., Edmond, OK 73013.
“We are extremely excited about Double Wolf Dare Week 2014,” Jones said. “We hope that the community will join us in being part of this opportunity to help Peppers Ranch and U R Special. Feel free to contact us at 726-7432 or email Santafestuco@gmail.com for any questions or concerns. For more information or if you are interested in a corporate sponsorship, visit www.dwdw.org.”