DUNLAP — A group of Concord High School students were set to get their hands busy throwing clay at 5 a.m. this morning for the 14th annual 24-hour Concord Potter’s Marathon, which raises money for Riley Children’s Hospital.
Ninety-nine Concord students are on this year’s team. Ceramics teacher Bob Bieber, who oversees the event, said that those students who have participated before will stay for the full 24 hours, while first-time students will be there in shifts.
The team members have been collecting donations for Riley up to today and people can still donate to Riley or to help cover the material costs of the event by giving cash or check at the school and marking in the memo box where the money should go. Bieber said that, according to Riley’s tracking, the annual event has raised a total of $184,000 through the years. He and the students are hoping to raise enough to break through the $200,000 mark this year, he said.
The public is welcome to stop by the high school from 3 to 4 p.m. or 7 to 8 p.m. today to see the kids in action.
“Our top priority is the Riley kids,” Bieber said. “But the undertow of the all of this in the past 14 years is also to build fellowship, build relationships and friendships” between all the kids.
The ceramic pieces that meet the event’s quality control standards will be for sale in December. Bieber said, though, that in the past, no matter how many pieces the group creates, those for sale are always purchased by students or staff within the first two days of their display at the school. People very interested in purchasing a piece should talk with him during the event, he said.
To participate, all the event’s team members must be in or have taken one of Bieber’s ceramics classes. They aren’t all the best potters, he said, but are all kids with integrity.