5K to benefit Rose programs
BY MARTHA BENNETT ON SEPTEMBER, 19 2014
Rose’s Student Government Association (SGA) keeps coming up with creative ways to get students involved, even if it involves doughnuts. The junior class will hold its first “Feel Your Heart 5K and Doughnut Dash” on Saturday Sept. 27 to benefit Victory Junction and the Exceptional Children’s program at Rose.
“SGA is all about fundraising and coming up with new, creative ideas,” junior Reuben Chemmanam said. “We decided that a 5K would be a good way to raise money for Rose’s EC program and Victory Junction while students could have fun with friends and eat a lot of doughnuts.”
Victory Junction is a camp in Randleman, NC where kids with mental disabilities or serious health illnesses can stay free of charge and have fun regardless of what they can or cannot do. The North Carolina Association of Student Council has made Victory Junction its main charity to offer support throughout the year, and has encouraged many school’s across the state to help fundraise for the camp so more children will be able to attend.
“Krispy Kreme is closely tied with Victory Junction,” junior Everette Lassiter said. “We thought it just made sense to combine the partnering businesses and create something to help benefit the two.”
For Rose, this is also greatly impacting its EC program. Throughout the school year, SGA helps raise money for the program so they have the ability to participate in fun holiday activities such as the annual Christmas party, Easter egg hunt and trick-or-treating around Rose campus.
“I’ve seen a difference since I’ve been here,” junior Walker Allen said. “I feel that we’ve done a lot more to help make the EC kids feel that they are really included in the school, and that SGA has become more creative and innovative towards coming up with ideas that would be fun for these outstanding kids.”
The event will include a normal 5K and a creative doughnut dash where participants eat half a dozen doughnuts before completing a mile long race.
“I’m excited to see the results, definitely,” Chemmanam said. “We’re really trying to get as many students and parents to participate as much as we can because we really want this to be a success so we can do more things like this in the future for the EC program, as well as for other things to raise money for Rose.”
There’s still time to sign up for the “Feel Your Heart 5K And Doughnut Dash” at runtheeast.com for a 15 dollar signup fee including a t-shirt. All profits will be divided evenly between Rose’s EC program and Victory Junction.
“My goal for this 5K is to really get as many people as possible to come out and support Rose," Allen said. "All of these kids are just so important to me, and really to all of SGA, so to raise money for them and kids like them across the state is all I could ever want for this race."