Northwood’s Visual and Performing Arts department (VAPA) hosted its first annual VAPA 8K fundraiser on March 20, National Arts Advocacy Day. The department insists that there is no correlation between their fundraiser and the Timberwolf 5K.
“Our VAPA 8K, which is definitely not at all like the Timberwolf 5K, was born because we wanted to show how art totally helps in other aspects of life, even sports!” sophomore Emily Uh said. “Not that this has anything to do with sports, because this is obviously not the Timberwolf 5K. I mean, it’s completely different. Instead of running a 5K, we’re running the full octave!”
The event extended from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. to allow all participants sufficient time to finish the run. Football players, who were stationed at the finish line as post-run entertainment, tossed the pigskin and performed sprint drills for the incoming musicians, some who were running.
The money raised through the VAPA 8K was donated to the areas of the Northwood VAPA department in desperate need of additional funding. Classes like AP Knitting and Crocheting, the Intricate Art of Boba, Toenail Designs 101 and Honors Puppetry were also added to the limited list of VAPA options Northwood students can choose from.
“Students have been hounding us for years to start a selfie-taking class,” photography teacher David Vevia said. “Our student photographers have taken pictures of other people, like athletes, for long enough. It was time for them to set aside a little ‘me time.’ With the funding we received from the VAPA 8K, we were finally able to add the class and buy 50 selfie sticks. Because of this, our students’ Facebook profile pictures have never looked better!”
After the successful reception of the VAPA 8K, the VAPA department has decided to continue this fundraiser next year as well.
“With this extra money, our renowned VAPA program will be even better than before! Before the fundraiser, it wasn’t always easy to get all the things we needed with our limited budget, especially since we wanted to go to all these competitions that we would win,” senior choir student Shannen Lam said. “But now we might actually be able to pay Ms. Keiko a reasonable salary.”