Fort Lupton High School students help the homeless

Belen Ward
bward@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/23/23

The Hope at the Miracle House, which provides shelter for homeless families, received a miracle of $1,000 from Fort Lupton High School National Honor Society students on May 11.

"In between the …

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Fort Lupton High School students help the homeless

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The Hope at the Miracle House, which provides shelter for homeless families, received a miracle of $1,000 from Fort Lupton High School National Honor Society students on May 11.

"In between the tears, it's amazing that the students thought of our homeless in the community, said Deb DeMille, Program Director.

"The National Honor Society students are the best students that any principal can ever want to have. Their sacrifice for other people is incredible. The incredible empathy and Deb DeMille a wonderful lady who do so he does so much for the community," Fort Lupton Principal Doug Gordon.

"I'm glad that the kids have the opportunity to understand and learn the importance of being able to give back to a nonprofit that gives so much to families that go to the school," said  Annette Kokoszka, National Honor Society sponsor at Fort Lupton High School.

Kokozka said that each year the National Honor Society has a yearly fundraiser event with a three-on-three basketball tournament. It is the third year doing the fundraiser. They voted to donate to Hope at Miracle House.

"The members of the National Honor Society vote for the nonprofit organization locally. All the proceeds this year will go to the Hope at Miracle House," Kokozka said.

Kokozka said they started putting this together in mid-February to open it up to the community, not just high school students.

"At the time, we wanted to get community members to form basketball teams, five players to be able to play three-on-three. We created a bracket and ended up with nine teams, a mix of community teams, and a combination of student teams, Kokozka said.

After school at the high school gym, the team played a tournament last Wednesday, April 26. Then the National Honor Society members collect other donations from all the local businesses and prizes in a raffle.

Kokozka said they could buy tickets and support the fundraiser that way. They also got a lot of donations from the school, different sports, and other businesses; they used the items for a silent auction outside of the gym.

"So people could bid on items such as football helmets, jerseys, team swag, iPods, cheerleaders, and wrestling girls' donated baskets," Kokozka said. "The girl's sports team played as well."

Kokozka said the items were collected from National Honor Society members. Then people bid on those items outside of the sports event.

"With entry fees of the registered teams and the raffle and the silent auction items, we were able to raise just under $1,000, "Kokozka said

"Our students provide a huge contribution for those families. It's great for them be able to give back to something like that and have the opportunity to learn the importance of giving,"  Annette Kokoszka said.

"It's great that we can support her in helping Fort Lupton parents through tough times. And I can't say enough about Annette Kokozka as the leader of National Honor Society, she's unbelievable. She's tireless at what she does for it to your work," Gordon said.

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