Several Richmond Senior High School students plan to spend the night at school tonight, but they won’t be sleeping. Students at RSHS will “rock for a reason,” to raise funds for charitable causes in Richmond County.
This is the second annual event, and last year 94 students participated, raising more than $7,000. The “Raiders rockin’ for a reason” event was held in the school’s cafeteria, and provided an opportunity for students to collect sponsorships and “rock” the night away in rocking chairs to show support for RSHS student Jonathan Hernandez, who was the primary beneficiary from last year’s fundraiser.
This year the school will again be raising funds for Jonathan as well as RSHS’s “Pennies from Heaven,” which helps provide Christmas gifts to low-income families, and other various community organizations.
Christy Ransom, guidance counselor at RSHS, found a school in New Jersey that had participated in a similar program, and presented it to fellow faculty members and students who loved the idea.
“The event is so enjoyable for students and faculty alike,” Ransom said. “The students will set-up various stations, watch movies, and enjoy a fun night together.”
This year the students and staff plan to take breaks from rocking periodically by doing popular group dances and will also do the customary “Conga line” in order to liven up participants in the early morning hours. New for this year’s event, Ransom says the school will set up a karaoke machine and charge students to participate throughout the night. All money raised will be contributed back to the event.
Senior Hannah Crouse assisted Ransom with the preparations for the rock-a-thon.
“Everyone is so excited about this year’s event,” Crouse said. “We are thrilled to have the chance to hang out all night with our friends all while supporting such worthwhile causes.”
Ransom indicated that they will continue to host the event in future school years, as an annual service project with hopes that it will continue to grow.
Several businesses have pledged their support including Peking Wok, Unique Stone and Southern Builders. Biscuitville is providing breakfast for all participants and chaperones free of charge.
“The support we have received from local businesses has been wonderful,” Ransom said. “It is my hope that word will spread so that more people will be willing to help out in years to come.”
To find out how you or your organization can support the “Raiders rockin’ for a reason” event, contact Christy Ransom at 997-9812 ext 4101.