- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
This weekend is my high schools annual marathon dance. When I was in HS, I participated every year and since graduating (almost 7 years ago), I’ve gone back to be an alumni a few times.
Over the last 33 years, the students from my high school have raised almost $2.5 million for various local charities. The first dance, in 1978, had 50 participants and raised $1500. Last year we had 700 student participants and raised over $283,000. This year there are even more dancers and we hope to raise even more money.
First and foremost we take care of our own. All through the year the school receives letters from people in the community making suggestions for recipients. The marathon dance has provided money for wheelchair accessible vans, organ transplants, motorized wheelchairs, vacations for the terminally ill & their families, money for medical research and so much more for community members. The dance also makes generous donations to Juvenile Diabetes as well as a handful of other charities.
The marathon dance is anything but easy. It started last night at 6 and runs through 10 pm tonight. The students get 2 hours to sleep (they set up camp in the classrooms) but most find it easier to stay awake the whole time. With the exception of costume changes and meal breaks, the students are dancing the entire time.
Believe me, you’re an emotional train wreck by the end of the dance. Knowing that you helped provide someone with something that they do desperately needed is overwhelming but the feeling of accomplishment is like nothing else. There’s not a dry eye in the gym when the recipients come up and thank you for dancing for them. It’s a really special thing that these kids are doing and it makes me proud to be a (insert schools mascot here).
Does anyone else’s community do anything cool like this?