Block party at Legacy High School raises money for school bus crash victims

Homecoming football game will be played Friday
Posted at 9:30 PM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-16 00:31:05-04

BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- After a tough week at Legacy High School, students came together to help raise money for the victims of a school bus crash involving the football team. The school held a block party in the parking lot Thursday night, to which several hundred people showed up.

"I know some people are coming all the way down from Boulder. It just shows that we’re all just one big family," said Nicole Guran, a junior at Legacy. 

A school bus carrying the football team crash at the Denver International Airport Sunday. Three coaches were injured and the bus driver was killed. One coach, Matt Kroupa, remains in the hospital. Wayne Voorhees and Kyle Rider were released from the hospital on Tuesday.

“And you know they’re not just football coaches, they’re part of the community. Everybody knows them," said Douglas Dietel, a Legacy High School math teacher.

The block party during homecoming week was scheduled weeks in advance, but students and staff decided to use it as an opportunity to collect donations.

"There’s been a lot of support, a lot of love like to the football players, to the coaches. It’s been really amazing," said Jadyn Jester, a junior at the school.

All of the students know Friday is a big day. The football team will take the field for the first time since the accident. The Legacy Lightning will take on Prairie View for the school's homecoming game. Earlier this week, the principal sent out an email stating the game would still be played.

Westminster High School brought cakes decorated with "Legacy Strong" to the block party as well.

A spokesperson for Adams 12 Five Star Schools said there will be a moment to reflect on the recent tragedy before the game. The community will also be recognized for all the support. After the game the interim football coach is expected to speak.


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