PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Students at Peekskill Middle School stayed up late for a good cause as part of the school's Stay Awake-a-thon.
The annual event is sponsored by the student government and raises funds for cancer research. Donations are made by the community, the Parent-Teacher Organization, staff and families alike.
The fundraiser began at 8:30 p.m. Friday and ran until 6:30 a.m. Events included ice-cream contests, pie-eating contests, swimming, movies, dancing, gaming tournaments, a live webcam and more. Principal David Fine said the event was a great learning experience for students.
"It takes a village, and these teaching/learning moments are important to an adolescent's development," Fine said. "Eligibility to participate was based on behavior and academic status within the school. Although it takes your body a few days to adjust back to normal, it was well worth it and a great evening for the students, families, community and school alike."