The Palmer Ridge student council raised at least $2,000 to donate to the Red Cross for victims of the Black Forest fire and to area police and fire organizations that were first responders.
“As a council we are taking 100 percent of our homecoming profits and donating that money to the Red Cross for all the work they did in our community for the Black Forest fire. At our pep assembly we are having reps from the Red Cross, fire department and police department accepting the donation and an honorary thank you,” said Lindsey Schwarz, Palmer Ridge student council public relations officer.
She said the proceeds from Great Gatsby, Dodge Ball, the Powder Puff game and the football game, were all going to the cause.
“As a council, with all that has happened, we felt that it was just our calling,” Schwarz said.
Erik Sabelstrom, student body president, agreed.
“I think everyone in the community came together to respond to the Black Forest fire, and Waldo the year before, as well as the floods in Colorado. We felt it was important as a group to give back. Many students here were affected, so it was important for the school to come together also,” he said.
It was also important to recognize the good work of first responders, said Kristen Hancock, who also worked on the committee.
“Too often great members of the community go unrecognized for significant work,” Hancock said.
“We wanted to recognize them. The Black Forest fire was a scary time for our community. Kids going to this school were directly affected. Teachers and others were directly affected. Police and firefighters came together to help us. We wanted to come together to give back.”