Raptors Supporting the Community Through St.Baldrick’s
“Worldwide, 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, And in the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease – more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies, and diabetes combined.”
ST. BALDRICK’S FOUNDATION is dedicated to funding childhood cancer research. Events are hosted worldwide, with millions of people participating each year. For the last 4 years we at RTHS have been involved, with everyone from students to teachers participating. Now, for the second year in a row, RTHS supported by the National Honor Society will have its own official team to contribute to the foundation, by taking part in one of the foundation’s top events worldwide on Saturday, March 18th, at Glenwood South St.
All students, parents, and staff are invited to join our school’s team, the RTHS Raptors and contribute in any way possible. Ways to get involved include shaving and donating hair, donating money in the name of our team, volunteering at the event, participating in fundraising events at school, and just spreading the word!
Please visit the RTHS Raptors webpage to join the team and take a moment to share the link with anyone interested in contributing!
If you have any questions or wish to join our team, please contact RTHS Raptors 2017 Team Captain, Naome Maasho, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Counseling News
SUmmer Is Coming!
This past Thursday, the country’s expert climate scientists, I mean groundhogs, awoke to check the status of their highly developed weather technology, I mean shadows, to predict the length of our current winter. The results were a mixed bag and we were left without a firm prediction. There were so many differing opinions. Who to believe? That old stalwart, Punxsutawney Phil, who saw his shadow, or our own, Sir Walter Wally, who failed to see his shadow? I’m going with Sir Walter. That means that spring is right around the corner. Break out the shorts and amp up the treadmill; it is time to get serious about the next season. It is also time to get serious about our students’ plans for those long summer days that follow our short spring.
If your student is in 9th grade, you should consider an experience that provides an opportunity to explore a passion or try something new. Talk with your student about their ideas and if they give you a blank stare, take a look at some of the resources posted below. Sophomores might be further along in their journey of self-discovery and the conversation might flow more easily. However, if your 10th grader still isn’t sure about how to spend their summer days, consider putting them to work. By junior year, students should be considering how to take their activities to the next level. Admissions officers love to talk about how they prefer depth instead of breadth when discussing the topic of extra-curriculars. They hope a student has taken the initiative to go deeper into their interests. The summer is a great time for juniors to push themselves a little further and focus more intently on their passions. Finally, our current seniors aren’t off the hook. Even they should be thinking about the time spent between graduation and move-in day. In general the most valuable summer experiences include opportunities to: give back to the community, travel, work, develop passions, make connections and new friends, keep a schedule, improve academic skills and test taking abilities, instill good habits, break comfort zones, and build a resume.
Although he is not yet in high school, my 13-year-old, Bode, has a well-developed passion: swimming. Last summer, he convinced my husband to drive half-way across the country to watch the Olympic swim trials in Lincoln, Nebraska. They spent almost two weeks exploring small towns and doing father-son bonding things like sleeping outside and not showering. Thanks to adventurous grandparents, Bode has been lucky enough to ski in Aspen, CO, and scuba dive in the Caribbean, but if you ask him about his favorite trip, I guarantee he’ll share a story about his road trip with his dad. Summer experiences don’t have to be extravagant or costly; nor do they have to be far away. There are several local options to check out. (Duke Youth Summer Programs; Durham Summer Camps; NC State Summer Programs specifically in Engineering; and Raleigh Summer Camps). And while two weeks with Dad might not be every kid’s cup of sweet tea, the summer should be meaningful in some way.
So, no matter which rodent you believe, #teamwally, summer is just a few months away. If your student’s current plans include video game marathons and tanning, send them my way. I promise I won’t make them go to Lincoln, Nebraska, unless you want me to.