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Eyer Middle School Rock-a-thon raises more than $25k for good cause

Money to go to the Jennings Foundation.

LOWER MACUNGIE, Pa. - It was a rockin' Friday night at Eyer Middle School.

"Everyone's very excited," said eighth grader Giana Pistoria.

More than 250 kids spent the night inside the school for the annual Rock-a-Thon fundraiser.

"I'm most excited about being with my friends and raising money for a really great cause," said eighth grader Izzy Kun.

The students are split up into teams.

Each team has its own theme and rocking chair where someone sits and rocks all night.

The goal is to stay awake from 7:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. with activities like zumba, yoga, and air hockey to keep the kids busy.

Each student raised money leading up to the event and this year's grand total was a record $25,469.01.

"The students take ownership of it, it means a lot to us as a faculty we believe that middle school is about more than academics it's about giving back to the community," said sixth-grade science teacher Susan Bauer.

The fun event supports a serious cause.

The money raised goes to the Justin W. Jennings Foundation, an organization providing beach vacations to area families with a loved one battling cancer.

"I like that I'm able to help and have fun," said Pistoria.

Students and staff say the Rock-a-Thon is a true testament to generosity and spirit of this middle school.

"It's the highlight of the year for everybody," said Bauer.

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