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Elementary school answers Lakewood's challenge to Roar

4:58 PM, Nov 26, 2013   |    comments
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HIGHLANDS RANCH - When Lakewood High School won the national Katy Perry music video contest, students issued a challenge to every public high school in America to find their own fundraising causes and take action. Copper Mesa Elementary has responded.

"For us, it all started with finding our own Roar," Christine Cappocelli, 2nd grade teacher said.

Last month, students at Lakewood High School made their own music video to Perry's hit song "Roar." Lakewood won the contest and Perry performed in their gymnasium October 25th. But, students also created their own fundraising program called "One World One Roar" challenging every high school in America to raise $1,000 for the charity of their choice. Lakewood raised money to support flood victims.

"We showed it to our kids and they immediately took off with it and it was what they wanted to do," Cappocelli said. "It was what Lakewood, the whole program, was about."

Students in Cappocelli's class and in Reagan Mariani's 3rd grade class made their version of Lakewood's "Roar" video. But, they also created their own fundraising program called F.I.R.E. standing for Forever Igniting and Reaching Everyone. Students can purchase a "Fire Starter" for $1.00 to give to an everyday hero within their community. The Fire Starter includes is another Fire Starter for that hero to honor somebody else.

"Like when a fire starts, it grows bigger and bigger and bigger," Kathryn O'Connell, 3rd Grader, said. "That's what we want for this."

Students are also selling Copper Mesa Cougar Roar shirts while also asking for donations. The money collected from the Fire Starters, shirt sales, and donations will towards helping needy families for the holidays.

"We're doing the same as Lakewood," Emma Richter, 3rd Grader, said. "You could help them and if they're like having trouble, you can help them."

Cappocelli says they're hoping to raise more than $5,000.

"We thought this would be a cool opportunity for us to do something and give back," Cappocelli said. "It all kind of fell into place so easily and with the paw and the Cougar and the Tiger."

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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