Our Story (continued)
The tradition of BALTO Week began at Edmond North High School in 1995. This is North’s most significant tradition and is held highly as the most exciting and meaningful work of the year! Not only is this a week full of fun and excitement, but also an opportunity for our school to give back to the community.
In 1995, the Student Council Leadership Class wanted to create a charity week. The name BALTO is an acronym quite fitting to our school: Bring A Light To Others. It is also conveniently the name of a well-known husky. The 1925 husky sled dog, Balto, was the lead dog in delivering an important serum to Nome, Alaska to prevent diphtheria from spreading to all the young people. He makes BALTO even more suitable considering a mighty husky is our mascot. Bringing A Light To Others is exactly what this week is all about. We, united in our efforts, bring a light to the lives of our recipients.
Since 1995, North has raised over two million dollars for BALTO recipients. We have raised money for child cancer patients, brain tumor patients, special education students, premature babies, local schools, and many more worthy causes. It has been an honor that our school has chosen to do so much good for the lives of others in need within our very own community. BALTO Week is a week full of all sorts of exciting student-led activities. All of its events and activities are done strictly for the benefit of our recipient. Activities such as assemblies during school, night activities (dances, movie nights, etc.), Northstock (battle of the bands), sales (t-shirts, pizza, sweets, etc.), collecting money at school, and much more are all done in efforts to fundraise for our recipient. A day does not go on during this week without something planned that benefits BALTO.
When BALTO Week was first initiated in 1995, North’s goal was set at $5,000. This money was raised to help a teacher with cancer. Seven years later, the goal was set at $55,000 for BALTO 2001. Not only did we meet that goal of $55,000, but we far exceeded it by raising over $81,000! Come 2007, we raised over $140,000. In 2008 we raised over $187,000 for Make-A-Wish, it was the single largest donation Make-A-Wish had ever received, As you can see, BALTO is growing and gets better as the years progress. New traditions are added every year and changes are made in order to help continue the amazing success. We are confident that each year BALTO will be even better than it was the previous year, and the trend of growth will continue.
2019 The Care Center $786,052
2018 Hugs For Hope $648,760
2017 Children's Hospital Volunteers $271,052
2016 Fields and Futures $708,748
2015 Hearts for Hearing $605,808
2014 Special Care, Inc. $301,144
2013 March of Dimes $296,720
2012 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Sooner Chapter $282,145
2011 Children's Hospital Foundation $265,174
2010 Victory Junction Camp $228,625
2009 Oklahoma Brain Tumor Foundation $193,224
2008 Make -A- Wish Foundation of Central Oklahoma $187,068
2007 Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital $145,000
2006 The Children's Center $135,000
2005 Special Care, Inc. $97,000
2004 Oklahoma Children's Cancer Association $101,535
2002 Individual $81,000
2001 John Ross 4th grader w/undifferentiated sarcoma
1995 Edmond North Teacher with cancer $5,000
Memorial, North and Santa Fe high schools also raise funds for their "Common Thread." Each year, the three Edmond schools designate a common cause. 5% of each school’s fundraising for their main cause is given collectively to the Common Thread.
Common Thread Recipient
2017 Edmond Public Schools Foundation
2016 Edmond Public Schools Foundation
2015 Endeavor Games
2014 U R Special
2013 A New Leash on Life
2012 Edmond Mobile Meals
2011 Angel's Foster Family Network Oklahoma City
2010 Coffee Creek Riding Center
2009 National Transplant Fund for a Santa Fe High School alumn
2008 BLAZE (OK Greater Sports Association)
2007 The Meadows
2006 Dreamcatcher Playground, Choctaw Elementary School
2004 Coffee Creek Riding Center
2003 Camp Cavett through OU Children's Hospital
BALTO will be a tradition that lasts forever at Edmond North High School. BALTO changes the lives of all those who participate; not just those of the recipients, but the students, teachers and parents as well, for BALTO touches everyone. BALTO reaches beyond Edmond North. It lasts for years to come in the lives of those we helped and the lives of those who saw the good done. Anyone who has ever participated in any aspect of BALTO would agree that it will forever have an impact.
BALTO Week is a tradition.
BALTO Week changes lives.
BALTO Week is INCREDIBLE!
It truly does "Bring A Light To Others."