A group of students at Enloe High School is working to raise $50,000 for SAFEchild, a child abuse prevention organization, through the student council’s annual charity ball.
Along the way, they hope to also raise awareness about child abuse in their communities and what can be done to stop it.
The students have planned assembles for each grade at Enloe about child abuse, held competitions between homerooms to raise funds, sought out donors and launched a social media campaign in support of their mission.
“It's extremely rewarding to know that what you're doing is helping your community and maybe even is important to someone who is sitting next to you in class,” said Drake Buxton, a senior at Enloe and a member of the student council’s executive board.
The 9th annual ball takes place Dec. 14 at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh.
The proceeds from the ball and donations will help Raleigh-based SAFEchild to support children, especially through its advocacy center. The center evaluates children when abuse is suspected and provides them with the support they need to ensure their well-being.
Nancy Bromhal, the development director at SAFEchild, said the donation would be one of the largest the organization has received in recent years. The advocacy center could support 35 children with the $50,000 donation.
When deciding which organization to support through the ball, the students took a tour of the advocacy center, to understand its mission and the important role it plays in the lives of families in area.
“That really resonated with them,” Bromhal said.
The ball has grown since its earliest days, from bringing in less than $10,000 to more than $50,000 last year. For many years, the ball brought in about $25,000, but students last year decided to challenge themselves to do even more in honor of the high school’s 50th anniversary.
After meeting their $50,000 goal, the student council decided to aim high once more when they started planning this year’s festivities.
Trudy Price-O'Neil, an English teacher at Enloe and the student council adviser, said she’s always impressed by the students’ passion for the organizations they support and by how seriously they take their leadership positions.
“They really work hard to embody the role they've been given,” she said.