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Rock-A-Thon for Eric Day set for Tuesday

December 6, 2010

The Day family: Lori, Eric, Katie and Ron. Photo provided

PLYMOUTH — Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Plymouth vs. Tippecanoe Valley basketball game, a dedicated group of Plymouth High School students will be “rocking” the night away for Eric Day.
Day is a 2010 PHS graduate and very involved in the community. He works at the little league baseball diamond umpiring and loves to be a role model for young boys. Day is recovering from recent brain surgeries and complications from them. 
Day also has had to receive physical therapy during his recovery process. 
Two of Day’s close friends, Olivia Hilliard and Emily Walden, decided that they wanted to help Eric and the Day family so they approached Operation Leadership (a leadership development program started at Plymouth High School) with the idea of a Rock-A-Thon. With support from the high school and various sponsors, Operation Leadership will be in rocking chairs on the upper deck of the PHS gym during the varsity game, rocking to raise money for Day’s medical expenses. 
Operation Leadership is a special program started at Plymouth High School last year. The goal of Operation Leadership is to train potential leaders in how to use their skills to benefit Plymouth High School and the Plymouth community.
Eighty students were originally selected to take part in this development program. Though some have graduated the current group continues to apply what they have learned. The Eric Day Rock-a-Thon is just one of the results of that training. Operation Leadership’s members were eager to donate their time to help Eric and his family.  
The Plymouth High School gym will open at 6:15 p.m. for the JV game followed by the varsity contest. 
Operation Leadership is inviting people to come up on the deck and visit them and also show support for Day as they rock throughout the game. The rockers are still looking for sponsors to pay for the minutes they rock. Buckets will also be available for individual donations. Checks may be made out to PHS with Eric Day in the memo. Anybody with further questions may contact Hilliard through Plymouth High School. Hilliard would like to ask everybody to, “…keep him (Eric) and his family in your prayers as he (faces the) long road ahead to full recovery.”

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