CreateAthon Kicks Off

8 Apr

Dalewood students signing their "I Can" shirts.

The Dalewood Middle School gym was filled with white t-shirts today, all with the message “I Can” on the front. Middle school students, college students, teachers, professors and local professionals created a sea of matching CreateAthon onCampus shirts, and a ton of energy to match. It was an inspiring sight. CreateAthon onCampus has officially kicked off!

This morning the entire CreateAthon onCampus team met at Dalewood Middle School for the kickoff rally. Principal Rodney Johnson opened the rally and invited CreateHere co-founder, Helen Johnson; Community Foundation President, Pete Cooper; UTC Assistant Professor, Leslie Jensen-Inman; UTC Junior Graphic Design student, Summer Leinart; and Urban League representative Wade Hinton to speak to the students about the importance believing in themselves and continuing education. Howard High School cheerleaders joined Dalewood cheerleaders in leading the school in an exuberant “I Can” cheer, and we were treated to some of the incredible talent of the Dalewood students, who sang, played the saxophone and even did gymnastics!

After the rally, each individual team met in the space where the projects will take place. Teams took measurements and photos as well as discussed potential ideas and plans. We have some great things in mind for Dalewood, and we’re excited to see what we can pull off in just 24 hours. Dalewood graciously fed our team before we wrapped up our preplanning meetings and headed back to UTC’s campus.

Each team is now in the preliminary stages for their projects, brainstorming, planning and discussing. We will update our progress every hour as we continue through the CreateAthon process, so stay tuned as it will probably get very interesting around 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning!

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