One would not think that over 100 sophomores, juniors and seniors would flock to Liverpool High School on a Sunday evening. However, their intentions were certainly benevolent.
These students were making calls to help raise money for the Liverpool Dollars for Scholars program, a program which provides college scholarships for many eligible Liverpool High School seniors. Their phone-a-thon took place at Liverpool High School on March 9, the second of two dates.
With a goal of $25,000, the students who showed up on March 9 had the daunting task of raising about $12,000 in two hours. In all, the phone-a-thon raised $25,690.
"I was very impressed with the turnout," said John Cerrone, president of the Dollars for Scholars board of directors. "Last week there were about 70 who showed up, but as of 6 p.m. we've had about one hundred, our highest turnout yet."
Last year, the phone-a-thon accounted for 25 scholarships alone, a number the program hopes to increase this year.
"The phone-a-thon is one of our top fundraisers," Cerrone said. "The students know they can make a big difference in what we can do for them."
Scholarships range anywhere between $100 and $2,000, and last year, Dollars for Scholars gave out over 100 to Liverpool graduates. Once again, this is a number they hope to increase year-by-year.
Students, understanding the intentions of the program, flocked to the phone-a-thon as not only a chance to fulfill a requirement for volunteer hours, but help themselves and others in their graduating class.
"I already have my volunteer hours, but I feel like this is a really good thing for the school," said senior Katie Wood. "Plus, I get extra credit for government, and it's kind of fun."
Fellow senior Sean Kiewra felt the same way, saying, "It's a really good cause and attending can give me a better chance of obtaining a scholarship." Kiewra is hoping to attend Brigham Young University in Utah and said he will need every penny he can get.