What is Rock-a-Thon?
Rock-a-thon is a long tradition at Point Park University, this is an event which raises money for the Early Learning Institute. Rock a Thon is 67 straight hours of live broadcasting in honor of 670 AM and Also includes many event to raise the money for the Early Learning Institute (See Below)
Broadcasting During Rock-a-Thon
Rock a Thons Live broadcasting begins the last weekend of October every year and lasts for three straight days. Regularly scheduled Shows that fall during those hours do not take place. Instead WPPJ staff shares the work all week long. We broadcast live in the hallway by the café straight through during these hours so anyone is free to stop by and take part in some of the many events that take place each day.
In the past, events have included silent auctions, raffles, concerts, video game competitions, carnival games, and on-site broadcasting. We hope to do all that and so much more every year.
This events success heavily relies on donations both monetary and prizes. Monetary goes straight to the benefit so anything from $1 to $1 million helps this cause. There is no donation too small. Every dollar counts. We ask professors and parents as well as local businesses to contribute to our cause. Prize donations come from typically local business and are necessary for the start of Rock-a-Thon because they are used to raffle off and in other ways to raise money.
Businesses That are Interested in donating to our cause can read our Sponsorship form Here.
The Early Learning Institute
In a partnership which began 29 years ago with Dean Charles Quillen, WPPJ has raised over $30,000 for The Early Learning Institute (TELI) through its annual Rock-A-Thon. Money is raised through sponsorships from local businesses, as well as through raffles and auctions open to students and staff. In 2008, WPPJ set a fundraising record, donating $3,700 to TELI!
Founded in 1958, as St. Peter’s Child Development Centers, The Early Learning Institute (TELI) helps children aged birth to five to realize their fullest potential through comprehensive, individualized early intervention and early childhood education programs.
TELI’s continuum of care includes:
- Early intervention services provided in the home or community setting for infants and toddlers;
- Preschool programs;
- Harmony Learning Center day care and before/after school care; and,
- Socialization groups.
Supportive services can include: occupational, physical, speech and language and developmental therapies, as well as vision, nutrition and social work services. Autism and sensory integration specialists are also on staff.
The creative partnership between TELI and WPPJ has undoubtedly brought smiles to a countless number of children over the years. Both Point Park University staff and students have had the chance to visit TELI’s preschools and see first-hand the impact their generosity has had on the children. TELI is grateful for WPPJ’s support and looks forward to a continued partnership! To learn more about The Early Learning Institute (TELI) or to find out ways you can help, visit www.telipa.org.