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Not your average school event

Raiderfest includes a 5K race and carnival games

Members of the iCARE team that helped set up and create Raiderfest pose with Associate Prinicipal Thomas Kachadurian.

Members of the iCARE team that helped set up and create Raiderfest pose with Associate Prinicipal Thomas Kachadurian. Photo by Billy DeLap.

— Colonie Central High School is holding a one-of-a-kind event where more than 500 students have volunteered to participate in a fundraiser that has everything from a 5-kilometer race to carnival games, craft vendors and food trucks.

Raiderfest takes place Saturday, May 31, at the high school. The event kicks off with a 5K race at 10:30 a.m. and culminates with a luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go to the American Cancer Society.

The students wanted to make something that people from all age groups and from all over Colonie and surrounding areas could enjoy.

“We were looking for something to get the whole community together. We wanted an event that was non-exclusive, where everybody could join and fight a good cause,” said Abby Holt, a senior at Colonie.

The event was created by the high school’s iCARE team and has been in the works since last August. The iCARE team operates on the core values of Integrity, Community, Accountability, Respect and Empathy and was designed to bring students from all different grades and cliques together.

“ICARE was created to be like an umbrella club to encompass all the other clubs, so if you didn’t feel like you belonged anywhere you could go to iCARE,” said Rachel Tenney.

“We want to give a voice to the voiceless — bring kids that feel like they’re on the fringe or they don’t have a place to belong. When they started getting together, we didn’t want to interrupt what other groups were doing. So, we decided to get together and work towards a common cause,”

said Associate Principal Thomas Kachadurian.

The group decided that they wanted bring people together to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Cancer is an issue that hit home in the school this year when a teacher died from brain cancer and a student in the school was diagnosed with cancer.

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