Whitney Ninjas fundraiser at Six Flags


Key Clubbers throughout Northern California gathered together Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m as a way to celebrate their achievements in fundraising for the Pediatric Trauma Program. Key Club joined the rest of Division 44 North to showcase their purple ninja spirit. Photo by Oviya Balakrishnan

Two thousand dollars raised for the Pediatric Trauma Program.

Two hundred plus people attended from Division 44 North.

Twelve  hours of countless cheering and showing off ninja spirit.

More than 50 people from Key Club attended Fall Rally North (FRN) Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. to raise money for the Pediatric Trauma Program. At this event multiple divisions made up of 10 to 13 Key Clubs combined in a common area from all throughout northern California gathered at Six Flags in Vallejo to celebrate their achievements in fundraising.

The Pediatric Trauma Program (PTP), tries to lower the number of young lives lost from trauma. In the United States, trauma remains the number one leading cause of death among kids ages 14 and younger. The money raised for PTP goes to grants at Kapi’olani Children’s Hospital in Hawaii and Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. The funds raised helped provide PTP safety items, like helmets and car seats, to needy families.

This school year alone Division 44 North, which includes Whitney, Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Woodcreek, Oakmont, Western Sierra, Granite Bay, Del Oro, Antelope, Placer, Bear River, Ghidotti, and Nevada Union High Schools, have raised more than $2,000.

However, fundraising is not the only reason behind FRN, meeting new people and doing spirit chants also play a major part.

As seen in the image above, Division 44 North’s mascot is the purple ninja and members dress in purple and black to support it. Throughout the day divisions interact with other divisions, who have different mascots, and ‘battle’ with each other to show spirit. Each division has their own unique chants which is used during the spirit battles.

“My favorite part of FRN is seeing the compassion people have for Key Club and each other because everyone treats you like a family,” said President Oviya Balakrishnan.

Key Club’s main ideas are serving their home, school, and community.