By Derek Etter
Social Media & Marketing Editor
After much public demand and requests by district administration, the Mini-Thon club was asked to host their yearly event again this year.
As a result, Mini-Thon’s committee has announced that they are once again holding their night-of event, much to the excitement from students and staff alike.
However, this year’s Mini-Thon will be shorter, now running from 4-10 p.m. at the high school on April 27, 2018.
Cora Beyer, head student chair of the organization, says that she is excited for this year’s event for a number of reasons. “We are introducing activities for students with various interests.”
The new six-hour time span will make scheduling easier, and help to keep things under control.
“I think six hours is a great amount of time,” said Cora. “The shorter time period will help us make sure that each activity is planned perfectly and runs smoothly.”
And of course with more concisely planned activities gives more of a chance to celebrate the Four Diamonds family being honored this year.
The Rowan family, who support their now four-year-old son Connor, are the sponsor family being supported by Red Lion’s Mini-Thon this school year.
Connor Rowan is now 30 months in remission after receiving chemotherapy for a rare form of liver cancer, known as Hepatoblastoma.
Now that Mini-Thon will continue its celebration at Red Lion, the Rowan family will have a chance to share their story and celebrate Connor and the Four Diamonds Fund.
At the end of last year’s school year, it was announced that Mini-Thon would not be holding their annual 12-hour marathon event as they have in the past. Instead, the event was to be delayed until the 2018-2019 school year and continue as an event every other year.
“It was a collaborative decision between the advisors and chairs that Mini-Thon would be held every other year,” said Cora. “We decided this because we needed a ‘restart year’ to come up with new and improved ideas.”
Their new ideas are to not only find new activities to help students have an enjoyable time at the event, but to also bring a better understanding of the Four Diamonds Fund and more meaning to the money raised for the families.
Out of these ideas came Fall Fest, a major fundraiser event planned for the club.
On Sat., Oct. 28 from 12-4 p.m., the Fall Fest took over the parking lot and commons area of the high school.
Students and families were able to run through a haunted hallway, pick up treats from carnival games, and fill up on food from vendors or the snack bar.