At some point in our lives, we have all received a helping hand that has changed our lives and defined who we are. Students at six District high schools found that chance and have danced their way to more than $200,000 in donations for the Children’s Miracle Network.
The Dance Marathon at the University of Florida is a movement of people throughout the state of Florida raising money for our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
Last year University of Florida Dance Marathon raised more than $2.4M for the more than 150,000 children treated at UF Health Shands each year, and this year the goal was to aim even higher, by focusing on the work of the Mini Marathon high school programs. A Mini Marathon is essentially a small version of Dance Marathon at the University of Florida that is run and executed by a high school.
The six District schools that participated in the dance marathon shattered last year’s earnings of $122,000.
The schools raised:
- Wellington High School – $82,444.17
- Seminole Ridge High School -$41,043.17
- Palm Beach Central High School – $38,680.17
- Jupiter High School – $17,330.17
- Boca Raton Community High School – $13,626.51
- Suncoast High School – $10,210.17
These high school students pledged to stand and raise money and awareness for the kids and for their families, while also beginning a movement and inspiring other students, family members, and friends alike to support the cause, and if you’re counting that’s a whopping $203,334.36 raised by Palm Beach County School District students.
Wellington HS is currently the 5th largest mini-marathon total raised nationwide and Seminole Ridge HS is the fastest growing program of the six aforementioned schools.
Absolutely 100 percent of the funds raised go towards Children’s Miracle Network for pediatric research, cutting-edge medical equipment, and activities for children who must endure long hospital stays.
University of Florida Dance Marathon will be held March 25-26 for 26.2 hours in the O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.