PARKER - In just one hour, students at Chaparral High School raised $1,500 in honor of Claire Davis, the teen who died after being shot at Arapahoe High School last month.
Many of the students at Chaparral say they didn't know Davis, but they wanted to do something in her memory. So, Hayley Ferguson decided to host a volleyball tournament and invite 21 neighboring high schools to join. At first, Ferguson said she didn't expect a big turnout until word started to spread.
"It's incredible that something so tragic could lead to something so amazing that we can all come together for this. I thought it'd stay small but it kept getting bigger and bigger and it was awesome," Ferguson said.
There was a total of 32 teams that registered to play in the tournament. Along with team entry fees and a small spectator fee, T-shirts were sold and a silent auction was held. All of the money raised will go to the Claire Davis Fund that has been set up at First Bank.
The day was about raising money in memory of Claire, but it was also another opportunity to bring students together.
"We are using this as a chance to encourage everyone to pledge against violence. We're pledging to take care of one another. It's incredibly inspiring. These teenagers are awesome," Kathy Gappinger, a teacher at Chaparral High, said.
The students say they're hoping to hold another tournament next year.
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