PUNXSUTAWNEY: Lock in event benefits the community
By PAT DEFELICE and HEATHER GIAVEDONI, Gazette Student News Reporters
PUNXSUTAWNEY — On Feb. 22-23, Punxsutawney’s Key Club and Spanish Club hosted their third annual lock in at Punxsutawney Area High School.
The event started at 10:30 p.m. and students were locked in until 7:30 a.m.
During the event students first ate then they worked on a service project, and after that they were allowed to play basketball, dodgeball or pingpong.
The clubs also had video games for the students to use throughout the night.
“It was a good time,” said Key Club adviser Kim McFetridge. “We appreciated the high number of students and hope to see them all next year.”
This year the lock in offered to help the needy. They made care packages, dog toys and blankets.
“This year we collected enough for 50 care packages that will be donated to the local men and women shelter, 40 blankets for needy families, and about 30 dog toys made from used T-shirts,” McFetridge said.
This was the third year that Key Club has hosted the lock in, and the second in which Key Club has cooperated with the PAHS Spanish Club.
Punxsutawney Area High School hosted a piano concert performed by Jason Coleman for the students on Feb. 25.
Coleman played a variety of music ranging from Elvis Presley to Taylor Swift.
“It was an amazing experience,” said senior Courtney Blystone.
“I really enjoyed the music he played.”
Coleman is the grandson of Floyd Cramer, who invented the slip-note style of piano playing.
“It was very interesting,” said senior Chelsie Little.
“I like that he is carrying out his grandfather’s leg-acy.”
Coleman performed later that day in the high school auditorium for a community concert.