By Michael Abeyta

EVERGREEN, Colo. (CBS4) – The student government at Evergreen High School was busy all day Friday — meticulously counting every coin that came pouring in from classrooms. Inching ever closer to their goal.

In their current pile is almost $55. That’s just a drop in the bucket for them.

So far they have raised $15,000 in total. Not only through the coins students brought in, but also through other events they’ve held all week. They call it, “Wish Week.”

They have hosted a special needs basketball game, a night of improv, and a movie night at a local game room.

Friday they finished up Wish Week with an assembly.

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“Today is like our big end of the week celebration,” says sophomore class officer Donovan Davis.

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The money they are collecting isn’t to pay their upcoming college tuition bills, it’s for a very special someone who has inspired the student body to give.

Student Body President Sydney Stewart explains, “We are fundraising for a little 4-year-old girl named Divine. And we’re fundraising for her to get her wish to go to the Aulani Disney Resort in Hawaii.”

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The assembly is really Divine’s party. She claps and cheers in the gym while playing games and singing with a few hundred of her closest friends. Little does she know, they are about to give her, the gift of a lifetime.

“We have raised $15,000 for the family,” announces Stewart as students hand Divine’s family a giant check.

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Even though Divine is the guest of honor, she lives with a house full of children. She has four foster brothers and sisters, five adopted brothers and sisters who are also special needs, and her parents have two biological children — 11 in total.

“They are so deserving of having this vacation.” Says Davis.

Divine’s parents are grateful, and just as excited as their daughter, for their big trip.

“It’s a little R & R,” jokes Divine’s father. “We get to be with our family on a family vacation with no stress.”

This is the second year the kids at Evergreen High have raised money for a kid in Make-A-Wish and they aren’t done yet. If you would like make a donation you can do so here.

Michael Abeyta is a 4th generation Coloradan and a Multimedia Journalist for CBS4. His stories can be seen on CBS4 News at 5 & 6. He is on Twitter! Follow him @AbeytaCBS4.

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