No Facebook, no iPod, wait -- no cell phones?
RANTOUL – This time of year, most high school seniors want to get away from school as soon as possible.
But a handful of 12th-graders at Rantoul Township High School evidently can't get enough of school.
The students are staying overnight all week as part of a Senior Survivor event sponsored by National Honor Society.
The students eat and sleep at the school, spending all day there except for going to work or participating in extracurricular activities.
They are also participating in "Survivor" challenges, including two challenges that will take place in the wee hours of the morning.
The activity is a fundraiser for victims of the Haitian earthquake.
"It's all supposed to raise awareness of what the people of Haiti are going through," National Honor Society adviser Mary Anne Ross said.
It all started at 8 a.m. Monday for the "Survivor" participants. They are living in "primitive" conditions – unable to use their usual gadgets to help pass the time.
No cell phones. No iPods. No TVs. No radios. Nothing technological. The earthquake victims don't have the gadgets, and neither will the "Survivor" participants.
"Most kids are reluctant to leave Facebook and stuff like that for five days," said Matt Gill, honor society president, who is organizing the event.