The Estes Park High School created an additional opportunity to “Pay it Forward” during their homecoming festivities. Along with their traditional Estes Thrives Day clean up of the Fish Creek area, they also organized a fundraiser for a need that hit too close to home, even though it was almost 1,000 miles away. It’s no secret that the flooding of 2013 left the town of Estes Park and surrounding areas devastated and in need of help. So many organizations and groups from near and far came to help lighten the load and get the residents and businesses back on their feet , begin the repair and rebuilding, and to help calm the fear and confusion that spread through the community.
In August of 2017, Hurricane Harvey caused disastrous flooding and record breaking rainfall in Houston Texas, in what was being called the worst flooding in Houston history. Aubrey Kinley, a Freshman at the Estes Park High School, set out on a mission to help in any way she could. She scheduled a meeting with the Superintendent of Schools and asked if she could start the conversation with schools in the Houston area, and see how Estes Park could help. After reaching out through various contacts, a connection was made and the Estes Park High School adopted Beta Academy in Houston. Donation jars were placed at all home athletics games and matches during homecoming week. In lieu of gate admission charges, the patrons were given the option to donate their entrance monies to our adopted Houston school instead. The donation campaign was able to raise over $2,300.00 for our friends in Houston, and the Estes Park High School is so proud of the community for pulling together to make a difference to these students in need. Great job to everyone involved!