Summit Academy Holds Ghost Tours for School Fundraiser


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AmeriCorps members Andrea (bottom left), Ariel (bottom right), Gina (2nd from right), Karleigh (far right), and Denver Math Fellow Kaley (middle back) pose with Summit students and representatives from Deo’s Dream: Keeping People Alive after the Haunted Ghost Tour

This past Halloween, students from AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) classes at Summit Academy had the opportunity to design and host a fundraiser on campus. While brainstorming, the AVID classes cleverly came up with the idea to hold a ghost tour fundraiser that would benefit an organization of their choice. Unanimously, the students chose Deo’s Dream: Keeping People Alive, a suicide prevention organization in honor of Daniel Odom, a student who lost his battle with depression during the summer of 2013. This particular organization has a close relationship to Summit and its students because Daniel’s aunt works at Summit and his cousin attends the school.

The fundraiser was a student led project, so students were able to create the Ghost Tour route around campus, which is actually haunted, make their own costumes, and assign leadership roles. Participants were led on a spooky journey through haunted offices, auditoriums, cemeteries, and more, with each group having their own student tour guide. For children too young to attend, there was a designated child’s room that provided activities such as face-painting, coloring, decorating pumpkins and cookies, and a hand-in-jar table.

Five AmeriCorps members from Denver Public Schools Urban Education Service Corps and the AmeriCorps Math Fellows program, as well as eight representatives from Deo’s Dream collaborated with Summit students and staff to make the project a success. A total of $182.00 was raised by providing tours for fifty-five participants. In addition to exemplifying the DPS core values Collaboration and Fun, students shared a drive to serve and make an investment in their community. Way to go, Summit Eagles!

– Karleigh King, AmeriCorps member at Summit Academy

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Summit students gathered round’ on a spooky night

in order to raise awareness and do what’s right.

Passion and creativity hung in the air

in hopes that a boy’s dream would make others care.

Werewolves and ghosts, nuns, priests, and ghouls

hid all-around the old, eerie schools.

“Ahh,” yelled Ms. Vann, as a creature jumped out

and frightened her beyond any and all doubt.

Collaboration, engagement, and an organized choice

gave students at Summit Academy a voice.

Determination and heart went in with great care

all for a boy who couldn’t be there.

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