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FHSU students 'rock' time away





Some Fort Hays State University students are just rockin' to the music on the Quad.

They're volunteers for the Tiger Wishmakers Rock-a-Thon raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation.

Beginning at noon Wednesday and continuing until noon today, two to four volunteers will be "sitting out here rocking," said Kathleen Ward, the organization's adviser.

The rocking volunteers got donations.

Students from all disciplines volunteered, as well as a representative from the FHSU football team rocking every hour for 24 hours.

"We have enough volunteers to rock every hour, but sometimes we just have two people rocking," Ward said.

"It was hard to find volunteers for the early morning hours from midnight to 7 a.m."

Bekah Ingram, a Colorado Springs, Colo., sophomore, volunteered to rock Wednesday afternoon and again for a two-hour stint this morning.

The Tiger Wishmakers, which just formed in February, is the first campus organization of its kind in Kansas, Ward said.

She said the number attending meetings varies, but there are approximately 30 members.

"It fits the campus because students want to get involved, especially in things that revolve around children and give to children," she said.

"It's a great organization," said Kayla Lynn, a Plains senior who was rocking Wednesday afternoon. "It helps children and families."

"It's a neat event," Ingram said as she rocked beside Lynn.

Edward Smith, a Miami junior, volunteered to take a one-hour stint for the football team "to help raise money for Make A Wish."

The rock-a-thon was the group's first event.

"(The group) wanted to do something before school was out," Ward said. "I'm amazed this came together so fast."

Ward became a board member of the Make A Wish Kansas organization last year when the organization was looking for representatives from northwest Kansas.

"I'm passionate about the idea because I think it's just a wonderful thing to be able to provide for those children who have life-threatening illnesses -- to give them that one wish."