School clubs receive $45,000 donation |

School clubs receive $45,000 donation

Students from the Aspen School District united on Wednesday to raise $500 for fellow students in need.

While they were at it, the same Aspen High School clubs that donated their time and effort into putting on the fund-raiser got a hefty donation from the Aspen Education Foundation, to the tune of $45,000.

The money will support all 25 clubs ? from the chess club to the drama club ? and their mentors for one year, said Kathy Klug, founder of the high school’s Outreach Service Club.

Wednesday’s event in the high school’s new commons area was the third annual “Fiesta.” The party began as a small idea between Klug and Linda Lafferty, head of the schools’ English as a Second Language program. The goal was to create an event that would feature a Latino flavor and integrate Anglo and Latino students.

And when Klug’s service club said they’d like to do some “in-reach” ? raising money for kids in the schools with severe financial needs ? the “Fiesta” became a way that all of the high school’s clubs could fund raise together.

All 25 of the high school’s clubs participated Wednesday, coming up with games or snacks that kids could partake of for around 10 cents. The culinarian club baked cupcakes for the “Fiesta’s” cupcake walk, for example.

“What is neat about the whole idea of ‘Fiesta’ was so many kids doing so many different things for a good cause,” Lafferty said. “Often teens seem so self-absorbed, but this was kids raising money doing all sorts of things to raise money for someone else.”

The name of the kids that the students raise money for is kept anonymous, and Klug said people in the community often call her and ask to help out financially. But on Wednesday, kids from the Aspen Elementary, Aspen Middle and Aspen High schools played games and ate baked goods until $500 was raised during lunch hour.

Four pinatas were broken open by the elementary and middle school students.

“I think parents were so happy that their kids, who are often portrayed in news articles getting in trouble, were doing something really positive,” Lafferty said.

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