Rock 'n Roar hosts fun for high school students, community friends
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – Approximately 2,600 high school students from 60 schools will converge on Southeastern Louisiana University Saturday (March 15) for the Southeast Louisiana District Literary Rally and Rock ‘n Roar, Southeastern’s annual campus-community festival.
Scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rock ‘n Roar, now in its 12th 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 the visiting high school students together to sit back, relax, and 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 46 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.
They can also join community members in browsing the Downtown Development District Hammond Farmer’s Market, joining Rock 'n Roar on campus as a community partner, for jewelry, produce, handmade purses, wooden yard ornaments, handmade cards, and slate and oyster shell art. Festival attendees can also have blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass screenings at a health fair sponsored by the School of Nursing.
Rock ‘n Roar activities will also include a plant sale by the Horticulture Club, pottery sale and demonstration by Department of Visual Arts students, and a garage sale by the Southeastern Panhellenic Council.
Hungry festival goers can feast on hamburgers, barbecue, pastalaya, hot dogs, fried fish, meatball subs, curly fries, funnel cakes, snowballs, candied and caramel apples, chocolate covered pretzels and strawberries, a variety of coke products, fried pickles, popcorn, nachos, fried cheese sticks, candy, cupcakes and brownies.
Families will find a multitude of children’s activities, including face painting, an interactive football throw with members of the Lion football team, and the University Police Department’s free KidCare Photo I.D. program. Games will also include a rock wall, jousting arena and slide.
Rock ‘n Roar will again sponsor its popular dance, art and baseball 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 and a gift item. Immediately following the camp, young dancers will perform in the Student Union park.
The art camp will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. at Clark Hall for children ages 5-12, while the baseball camp is set for 9-11:30 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. Camp fees are $5 for the art and baseball camps.
Parents can pick up applications for camps at the Alumni Center, 500 West University Ave., or register online at www.selu.edu/roarfest. Pre-registration and payment for all camps is mandatory by March 13 at 4 p.m. 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.selu.edu/roarfest.