JEFFERSON COUNTY - While people pose with Katy Perry's equipment truck outside, Jessica Kostelnik is working on her math homework. While students get ready for an early morning concert, Kostelnik is designing a web site for the One World One Roar campaign.
"From the attention we're getting, hopefully students will realize that there's so much more to our school and to what's going on here than just a Katy Perry concert," Kostelnik, a senior at Lakewood High School, said.
Lakewood won a national contest by making a "lip dub", one-shot video to Perry's hit single, "Roar." The Lakewood Tigers won the grand prize of having Perry play an early morning concert, Friday, in their gymnasium which will be broadcast live on Good Morning America.
"The concert is definitely the beginning," Kostelnik said.
She and the other students are using the spotlight to launch a campaign called One World One Roar campaign which is a challenge to every high school in America to raise at least $1,000 for a charity of their choice. If that happens, Kostelnik says, that would generate about $40 million in donations.
"The donations that have been pouring in from families, individuals, corporations, schools. It's way bigger than I thought it was going to be," Adam Ronscavage, teacher, said.
Ronscavage helped the students with the video and the One World One Roar project. So far, Lakewood has raised more than $6,000 to help flood victims, the charity their students chose.
"Schools in Chicago are starting to pick us up. Schools in New York City," Ronscavage said. "So, it's growing."
Ronscavage and Kostelnik worked together to get a web site created and functional within the past week to be ready for launch during the Perry concert.
"I've learned so much about web design and managing a web site already and it's really day 3 of intensive web training." Kostelnik said.
Ronscavage says it's a great cause. But, it's also a great lesson for his students.
"You can't get any more real world than real world," Ronscavage said. "This is an immediate impact and they're seeing it first hand and what a neat lesson to learn a such a young age. You know, you just don't have to sell candy bars to make some money."
The concert will start at about 5:30 a.m. Friday morning. Students will start arriving around 3:00 a.m. to line up for entry.
"I am probably going to be here around 2:45 a.m.," Kostelnik said.
It is a private concert which is only open to students, staff and a limited number of guests. After the show, it is definitely not a day off for students.
"All of my hard classes are tomorrow," Kostelnik said.
She says Friday will be a long day fueled by adrenaline and caffeine.
"I'm relying on enormous amounts of coffee to get me through the day," Kostelnik said. "I will be in class. I will have to be fully attentive to what's going on. Like we've always been emphasizing, being a student comes first, the Katy Perry business is extra."
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