Students Getting Into Red Feather Week (GALLERY)

Red Feather's dodgeball game at Chatham Christian High School. Tuesday September 20, 2016. (Photo by Natalia Vega)

It’s already been a “red-letter week” for Red Feather organizers.

Red Feather Week is in full force as ten high schools in Chatham-Kent take part in various activities. The annual event kicked off Monday night with a softball game at Thames Campus. Youth Committee Advisor Erica Kitchen says they had a great turnout.

“We couldn’t be happier with the support that we get [from the schools and the community],” says Kitchen.

The fun continued Tuesday night, during a very lively dodgeball game at Chatham Christian High School. The gym was split into two courts where four teams would compete simultaneously. In total, there were eight schools participating.

The Red Feather program has been running for 61 years. Kitchen says money raised during this week will go towards the United Way’s annual general campaign for youth related programs.

Adding, last year the program raised just under $25,000.

“Every year we hope to aim bigger and better but the biggest thing is the kids really get excited,” says Kitchen.

In addition to the fundraising done at the Red Feather events, schools run fundraisers of their own.

“They’re doing various things like buyouts, or hat days, or any other kind of fun activities,” says Kitchen. “It’s really great to see students unite together.”

Here’s a look at the rest of the week:

Wednesday at 4pm: Animal house olympics at John McGregor Secondary School ($2 admission)

Thursday: No events planned

Friday at 7pm: Football game at the CK Community Athletic Complex ($8 admission)

Saturday at 7pm: Red Feather dance at the Chatham Banquet & Conference Centre ($10 admission)

Note: The dance is not school board sanctioned.