High School Dance Marathons
While the number of days until our 2018 Marathon are dwindling, local high schools in the area are making some miracles of their own. Over the course of the past five weeks, seven local schools throughout the Tallahassee area hosted their own marathons ranging from 4 to 8 hours complete with lip-sync battles, wing eating contests and line dance lessons. Mirroring our own Marathon, each event was spearheaded by an executive board that was guided by our High School Programs team.
As the first high school dance marathon (HSDM) of the season, Maclay School started things off with a bang! The students were quick on their feet as they learned the two minute version of our line dance from our 2017 Marathon. Each high school Dance Marathon started off in a similar fashion so that the students could perform the dance every hour on the hour just like we do. They were able to sweat their worries away by participating in a mini Drip Drop fitness class. They also played games, ate great food and even had a once in a lifetime performance from their very own “Troy Bolton.” After all was said and done, it was time for the total reveal. Maclay had a goal of $45,000 and they surpassed it by raising $47,481.44.
The next stop on the HSDM tour was FSUS. FSUS went all out this year with a bounce house inside their gym, a man-made stage, lip sync competition and a rave hour that could not be beat. In addition to all the bouncing and singing, miracle families showed up to the Marathon and shared their stories of hope with the high schoolers after each line dance. This is done at each and every marathon so that dancers know that they are truly making a difference in the lives of children everywhere. When it came down to total reveal, the FSUS executive board members held up each of the numbers one by one, finally revealing the total amount of $28,016.22.
Another week passed and it was time for JPII to have their Marathon. Held in their gymnasium, JPII students gathered together to go on a “road trip” to Shands as each $50 raised added another miracle balloon leading them to Shands Children’s Hospital. In addition, one of the biggest attractions at the event was the basketball court. Dancers of JPII and members of the Dance Marathon at FSU internal team lined up to see who was a true all star and could make some slam dunks from the half court line. Even Grayson, one of our miracle children, wanted to join in on the action and shoot some hoops of his own. At total reveal, it was announced that JPII raised $20,141.60.