Aaron Rodgers Day: Wis. Rapids Students Wear Green & Gold for Good Cause

By: Madeline Anderson Email
By: Madeline Anderson Email

As most of you have realized by now, Wednesday's date is pretty unique. It's 12-12-12, and the last time until 2101 that the month, day and year will all be the same.

In Wisconsin, we're also celebrating Aaron Rodgers Day after number 12 himself. At East Junior High in Wisconsin Rapids, nearly 1,200 people dressed up in green and gold for a good cause.

During an afternoon assembly, thousands of students and faculty cheered as Element Mobile presented the school with a $1,065 check. It was to honor their promise: for every person who wore Packers-themed clothes for Aaron Rodgers Day, they'd donate $1, up to $1,000, plus a dollar for each of their employees who did the same.

Add that money to the other community sponsors that contributed, and the school raised a grand total of $1,600.

"It was a really great thing to do," said student ambassador Raquel Charpentier.

"Since so many people would be dressing up for Aaron Rodgers Day, I mean, who wouldn't be excited? We figured we could get a high amount of money from it and help a lot of people out," said fellow student ambassador Celeste Huff.

The East student ambassadors say they used this Wisconsin holiday to spread some holiday cheer of their own to the less fortunate.

"It goes toward needy families," Charpentier said.

"One thousand dollars goes to Hope's Door, which is providing food and toys for families," Huff said. "And also the Rapids Backpack Program, which provides a healthy meal in a backpack."

The Packers Organization also took park, donating gifts to hand out at the assembly to encourage everyone to get involved.

When asked if she was surprised so many students sported Packers apparel, Huff said, "Not really, because I knew people would get excited."

Lincoln High School and Wis. Rapids Area Middle School also helped raise the money.

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