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Rock-a-thon helps North Country Mission of Hope

"I signed up not really knowing what it was really all about and when I got there my mind was blown," said Cyphers. "The poverty there is horrible. They tell you about that going in. But, the people there were awesome. There is a lot of hope there. There's a lot of good things going on there, too."

The idea that simply rocking in a chair for 12 hours - with 20-minute breaks every two hours - could help Nicaraguan children is something that blew Cyphers' mind even more.

"This is a really cool event," said Cyphers as he was on his sixth hour of rocking during the event. "Anything that can get people to donate to the cause is a really good idea."

"If people think they have to go to Nicaragua to participate, it's really not the case," said Harris. "Most of the contributions they receive really come from things people do here at home. The idea is just to spread awareness."

Emily Crawford, a senior and vice president of Saranac's Key Club, said the group had already surpassed last year's total raised of $450, much to her delight.

"It's been a lot of fun," said Crawford. "We just wanted to make more than we did last year. It's a really nice thing because every dollar we raise goes to help feeding children."

"It's kind of weird being in school on a Saturday, but it's for a good cause," added Saranac senior Mandy Erickson, laughing. "It's a great feeling knowing that us sitting in a rocking chair, just having fun, is doing something to raise money to help children."

Key Club faculty advisor Joan Seidel commended the students for coming up with the fundraiser and for seeing it through once again.

"It's fantastic," said Seidel. "It's really good to see the kids come up with the ideas. They're very ambitious."

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