CHS Holds Annual Rock-A-Thon

By Kaileigh Deacon

Pictured are the Calais High School Student Council, National Honor Society, and Class officers. These students are rocking in rocking chairs to help raise money to provide students at the Calais Children's Project with a Christmas this a December. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon).

For many of us it would be hard to imagine what it would be like to wake up on Christmas morning to nothing; no presents, no decorations, nothing. But Calais High School Students are working to help some kids get that. Members of the Calais High School Student Council, National Honor Society, and Class Officers participated on Monday in the annual Rock-A-Thon. 

The Rock-A-Thon is a fundraiser that the Student Council and National Honor Society take on every year. The students raise money for time spent rocking in rocking chairs at the Calais High School Library. While the students rock they can, play video games, read, listen to music, some even knit and do homework.  “It’s a good time for us,” Student Body President Jack Lander said, “it’s not often we all get to be in the same room and just hang out.”

But there is much more than just “hanging out” going on here these students are raising money for a very worthwhile cause. All the money that the students raise goes toward purchasing presents for the students at the Calais Children’s Project that stay at the school over the Holidays. The students receive a list of what each student wants and then they go out shopping locally and try to pick up as many of the items on each kid’s list as they can. Then the students having a wrapping party to wrap all of their gifts before going over to the Children’s Project to decorate and deliver the presents. 

 “It’s a good cause and it’s one of our biggest fundraisers,” Lander said. “It’s also our most important, it’s very necessary and these kids deserve it.”

The students set a goal of $1500 and the group of 26 students has already raised $2000, with more donations still coming in. 

Even though the Rock-A-Thon has ended you can still help these students make Christmas dreams come true. If you would like to help or make a donation you can contact any Student Council member or National Honor Society. You can also contact Calais High School and get in touch with Lori Ellis.