Northwest students rock it at the Rock-a-thon

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On April 1, Northwest students came to school bright and early with their rocking chairs, ready to rock for eight hours for a good cause.

In preparation for the Rock-a-thon, the Key Club advisor, Elizabeth Russell, and the officers reached out to all the Key Club members as well as the whole school to inform them about this event.

“The Rock-a-thon is Key Club’s largest fundraiser of the year,” junior and secretary of Key Club Kyle Tharrington said. “It is a chance for our club to incorporate the whole school in an effort to raise money for an amazing cause, the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina. The objective is to raise as much money possible in exchange for each volunteer’s commitment to ‘rock’ for eight hours. Once individual fundraising is complete, we meet at the school to rock for the full time as a notion of our commitment to the cause. The funds are then sent to the Boys and Girls Homes for the betterment of their amazing program.”

Starting at 8 a.m., students signed-in with their donations and set up his or her rocking chair around the media center.

“During the Rock-a-thon, we had a gaming and movie section and provided everyone breakfast and lunch,” senior and co-president of Key Club Emma Godino said. “Truly everyone was just hanging out while raising money to help people in need.”

Many students saw the Rock-a-thon as a fun opportunity to recieve service learning hours while helping a good cause at the same time.

“I rocked in my rocking chair, played games and watched movies. I think this is a great event because we get to help people who aren’t as lucky as we are, who don’t have homes or a family,” senior Isabelle Holmes said.

“I think it is important to help out the Boys and Girls Homes because I have family members that had to go through foster care,” senior and treasurer of Key Club Lynsey Palmer said.

Ninety-five students participated in the Rock-a-thon and raised more than $4000 for this event.

“The Rock-a-thon was very fun and I’m going to do it again next year,” sophomore Nicole Echevarria said.


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