Students at McDonald High School were "Up All Night" for a good cause as they raised not only awareness but more than $1,000 for the Warren Family Rescue Mission.
Students stayed awake from 8 p.m. March 16 to 7 a.m. March 17 to raise money for the mission's Women and Children's unit.
Jody Conway, a teacher and adviser to McDonald Student Volunteers, said the students stayed up from 8 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday, with all money going to the mission's Women and Children Unit.
The Niles Times / Bob Coupland
McDonald High School Student Volunteer Group recently hosted an ‘‘Up All Night’’ fundraiser, during which they spent nearly 12 hours in the school gymnasium to benefit the Warren Family Mission Women and Children. A proclamation was issued to the school from the Warren Family Mission. Pictured, from left, are Marnie Mandel, shift director at the Warren mission; Jessie Wood, director of Warren Family Mission Women and Children; Gary Carkido, McDonald High School principal; Breanna Nagi, club president; and Allie Streb, club vice president.
"We are taking a stand for homelessness,'' said Conway.
McDonald Student Volunteers is a group of 30 members who do community service events during the year.
About 130 students in seventh to 12th grades provided donations to stay up all night at the high school gymnasium. They took part in activities such as bounce around, human hamster balls, laser tag, movies and Xbox tournaments. With donations, a total of $1,250 was raised for the event.
High-school principal Gary Carkido said the students were to be commended for raising money for a local charity. The students also learned about homelessness and what the mission is doing locally.