Ponte Vedra High School students recently held their first dance marathon to benefit Children’s Miracle Network, raising $4,095 to support local programs at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and UF Children’s Hospital.
Student dancers stayed on their feet as long as possible at the fundraiser as a symbol of support for those children who are unable to stand or have to endure lengthy treatment procedures. At each hour during the dance marathon, participants performed a “morale dance” created by students Caroline Schwalbe and Maddie Paris.
In addition to dancing, the event featured a variety of games, including basketball, ping pong and dodge ball. Attendees also were treated to pizza, chicken and other snacks provided by Brucci’s, Domino’s, Papa John’s, Winn Dixie, Publix, McDonald’s and Wendy’s. Entertainment was provided by the PVHS jazz band as well as Atlantic Coast Dance Studio.
A special highlight of the dance marathon was the presence of a “miracle family” that told their story of how CMN has benefited their lives, allowing students to see how their efforts help families in need.
Hays Molm, president of the high school’s Children’s Miracle Network committee, said, “I’m happy that we were able to support CMN for a great cause while having a great time.”