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Rantoul Students Go "Survivor" for Gifford

Updated: Tuesday, May 6 2014, 10:32 AM CDT

RANTOUL -- Students are competing against each other on "Survivor." Not on an island but at Rantoul Township High School.

It's a game of strategy -- seeing who can raise the most money for the Gifford Tornado Relief fund.

"I'm gonna side with the girls probably, for most of it, they're organized, got a game plan," senior Case Starkey said.

The 5-day competition kicked off at 7:30 a.m. Monday morning. Contestants fund raise during lunch, and their friends and family can help on the outside. But once the bell rings, the students do challenges and then sleep in specific classrooms until the next day.

"Five days, not leaving at all, that's gonna be, that's gonna push some people to the edge, but it's really exciting," said Lea Peck, Senior and Senior Survivor organizer.

In this competition, students could only bring the basics, including daily essentials and one comfort item. But things like food and cell phones...not allowed.

"They're not allowed to eat outside of our designated times. School is providing breakfast, lunch, then we, they compete for dinner, different aspects of dinner," said teacher, and organizer, Alyssa Greenwald, said.

Since the tornado hit last November, the school has given more than $5,000 toward Gifford relief. Greenwald says these events give students the opportunity to learn while giving back.

"I want them to see that, whether they're here for a day, whether they give an hour of their time -- every single piece of time that you give for a good cause, it's worth it," she said.

Rantoul Students Go "Survivor" for Gifford

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