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HAMMOND – Approximately 2,800 high school students from 75 area schools will converge on Southeastern Louisiana University Saturday, February 22, for the Southeast Louisiana District Literary Rally and Rock 'n Roar, the university's annual campus-community festival.
Scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rock 'n Roar, now in its 18th year, will follow its predecessors' successful track record of providing a day of family fun for both the Literary Rally visitors and the community, said Southeastern Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman.
"Rock 'n Roar is a day-long event with something for everyone and a great way to get the community, campus and area high school students together to have fun while visiting and learning about our campus," said Pittman.
Rock 'n Roar will entertain public and private high school students from East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and West Feliciana parishes.
At the Literary Rally, students will compete in 48 different academic subjects. When they finish their tests, students can gather information from hands-on academic displays, financial aid and career booths, and enjoy refreshments from the wide variety of food booths sponsored by student organizations.
KSLU 90.9 FM radio will be on hand with music and a D.J., while visual arts students will host a pottery sale and demonstration.
Hungry festival goers can purchase a variety of snacks including pastalaya, nachos, hamburgers, pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, corn dogs, curly fries, boiled peanuts, cotton candy, funnel cakes, fried oreos, baked goods and a variety of drinks.
Families will find a multitude of children's activities, including face painting, an interactive football throw with members of the Lion football team, a rock climbing wall, jousting arena and slide.
Rock 'n Roar will again sponsor its popular camps for local children. The dance camp for children ages 5-12, hosted by the Southeastern Lionettes dance team, is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. Dance camp fees are $15 and include refreshments. Immediately following the camp, young dancers will perform in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building.
Art education students will offer a hands-on art camp for children ages 6-12 from 9-11:30 a.m. (registration is at 8:30 a.m.). The camp, which costs $10, will take place in Clark Hall.
The baseball camp is set for 8:30-11 a.m. at Alumni Field. Children ages 6-13 are invited to participate and are asked to bring their baseball glove for a day of fun. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., and the camp fee is $10.
Parents can pick up applications for camps at the Alumni Center, 500 West University Ave., or register online at www.southeastern.edu/roarfest. Pre-registration and payment for all camps is mandatory by Feb. 20 due to limited space.
Pets are not allowed at the event. For additional information about Rock 'n Roar, call the Alumni Center at 985-549-2150 or visit www.southeastern.edu/roarfest.