WILLSBORO -Their goal was to raise $1,500 by walking the hall of Willsboro Central School throughout the night.
But when the sun had risen, the students in the WCS Key Club had collected over double their target amount in sponsorship donations.
"Our goal was $1,500, so raising $3,230.60 for the Roger Senecal Fund at CVPH is just amazing," Sue Daly, co-advisor of the Key Club, said. "There were 54 kids that took part in the event and we had two bands and plenty of activities to keep the kids up, including help from the Kiwanis Club."
"I am so impressed with the way the kids were excited about this and worked so hard to raise funds," Meaghan Freeman, co-advisor, said. "We were able to help out so much for CVPH."
They should be really proud of what they have done," Kerry Haley of the Foundation of CVPH said. "This will go to help families who meet the guidelines when they need to travel out of the area for specific health care for their children who are 18 or younger through the Roger Senecal Fund."
The students said that they felt good about the fundraiser and were moved when Haley showed them one of the thank-you letters she had received from a family who was helped through the fund.
"We should do this every week," seventh-grader Chase Pierce said after Haley read the letter. "It was really different being here other than during the school day. You didn't have to go to class and you got to socialize with your friends more."
"Both of our advisors put in hours and hours of time and it really paid off," Key Club president Anna Daly said. "It was a great first event and we are already looking forward to who we can donate to next year."
"I am really excited to do it again," Lizzie Daly said. "I was really happy to get involved."
"I had a great time," eighth-grader Will Heintz, whose band played as part of the event, said.
As for staying awake throughout the entire night, some did admit to a little cat nap, and others admitted to having a little help.
"I snuck in an Amp to keep me going," Pierce said.