By Marissa Burd
After 8th period Mon. Feb. 4, Red Lion High School students filled the Fitzkee Center for the annual Mini-Thon kick off assembly.
Students and faculty were entertained by the competition cheer squad, followed by a lip sync battle performed by different groups the high school’s students.
As mentioned at the assembly, Mini-Thon will yet again be a 12 hour event held at the high school, Apr. 26 to Apr. 27 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Participants are to stand for all 12 hours of the event. Cora Beyer, the Captain of Mini-Thon, explained why it is important to stand.
“We do not stand for 12 hours because it is easy and enjoyable,” said Beyer, “We stand for those enduring treatments and hospital stays. We stand to understand. We stand to give.”
In order to attend Mini-Thon, each student must raise money that will go towards the Four Diamonds Fund that helps treat pediatric cancer.
The required minimum amount each participant has to raise is $75, which will place them at the “Bronze Level.” Students who raise the minimum amount of money will receive a Mini-Thon t-shirt as well as be able to participate in the activities located in the gym, on Horn Field, and on the track.
The Bronze Level is the lowest level of Mini-Thon’s tier system. The middle level is the Silver Level, then followed by that is the highest level of Gold.
Any student who raises $100 will be eligible for the Silver Level. Those students will receive all the privileges of the Bronze Level in addition to a bowling pass and access to the game room.
The highest tier is the Gold Level, where a student has to raise a minimum of $125 to reach. All of the Bronze and Silver Level benefits are included, along with the access to a VIP room.
The VIP room will include things such as a s’mores bar, extra Chick-fil-A, and karaoke.
This year Mini-Thon’s goal is to have 200-250 students sign up, as well as raise $34,000 during the 12 hour event.
All of the money raised at the 2019 Mini-Thon is in honor of Brooks Argento, a 2016 Red Lion graduate who recently passed from cancer.
Locust Grove Elementary School has set up an event on Mar. 1 at 5:30 p.m. called Books for Brooks. The event is set up through a non-profit organization called “Little Free Library.”
The Little Free Library website explains their “take a book, return a book” policy where books can be exchanged at no cost.
On Sat. Feb. 16, Red Lion Mini-Thon will be hosting a spaghetti dinner at the Chapel Church on Cape Horn Road.
Spaghetti, salad, and dessert will be served from 5-8 p.m. and live music will be performed.
The price of a ticket is $10 and can be purchased by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign ups for Mini-Thon will start during lunch the week of Feb. 18.