When Lone Peak High School in Highland chose Neighborhood House as their holiday charity last year (raising $46,000 for Neighborhood House!), we were thrilled. When they did it again this year, we were downright ecstatic.
We’re not halfway through the holiday season, and the Lone Peak students have already been incredibly helpful. They catered our Thanksgiving Dinner in November and even helped serve the food. They’ll be here at Neighborhood House several times over the next couple weeks to play with the younger children, making the long drive from Highland down to Salt Lake. They’ve also decided to raise funds for Neighborhood House. Their goal this year? $45,000! You can keep track of their unbelievable work on their Gold Rush page.
One of our favorite Lone Peak activities is the visit to the “North Pole,” conveniently located in the Lone Peak high school auditorium. In early November, members of Lone Peak’s student council dressed up as Santa and his elves and visited each of our classrooms. Forty lucky students were even able to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. Then, behind the scenes, the Lone Peak students went and bought what the NH kids had asked for: everything from remote control cars to stuffed animals, and wrapped up the presents at school. A few weeks later, they sent down a bus, took our kids up to their school, decorated the stage, and turned out the lights to convince the NH kids they were in the North Pole. The hardworking Lone Peak students took a backseat to the magic of seeing a child celebrate Christmas early as they unwrapped gifts and played with their toys, oblivious to the onlooking high school.
The event was fun for the Lone Peak students, and even more fun for our Neighborhood House kids, and we are so grateful to Lone Peak for this amazing project!
Check out our Flickr to see more images of NH kids at the “North Pole” or watch this short and sweet video one of Lone Peak’s talented students made last year. Thanks for everything you’ve done, and everything you continue to do, Lone Peak!