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Dance Marathon introduced as club at Leon

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dance-marathon-picBy Caroline Sipple

Dance Marathon is back for its third year but is now being introduced as a club for the first time ever. The club held its informational meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, at lunch.

Applications to be a part of the club are available in Mrs. Davis’s room, 206. They are due on Friday, September 16.

According to the Dance Marathon website, money raised will go to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to provide equipment, training, research, and to cover care that was never paid for.

This is Leon’s third year hosting dance marathon. Leon and Maclay held a joint marathon in 2015, which was the first Dance Marathon held by any high school is Tallahassee.

Last year was the first year that Leon hosted its own Dance Marathon with schools around town joining in on the trend, such as Maclay, Chiles, and John Paul II. Leon alone was able to raise $13,012, but combined the high schools in Tallahassee raised $65,336.

Different committees students can be apart of are finance, sponsorship, publicity, hospitality, external events, marathon events, and dancer relations/morale.

Caroline Kirk is the executive director of this year’s Dance Marathon as well as the president of the club. The committee heads are Gibson Howard, Hannah Bryson, Colleen Toner, Christie Salters, Julia Chodyla, Amanda Willis, and Courtney Clevenger.

Howard is in charge of external events, Bryson is marathon events, Toner is dancer relations/morale, Salters is hospitality, Chodyla is finance, Willis is publicity, and Clevenger is dancer relations.

There is not a goal set for this year yet, but Kirk hopes to set the goal within the next 2 weeks.

Most of the team will be attending a retreat in Gainesville next Sunday, Sept. 25. This retreat will consist of a tour of Shands hospital and being talked to about the basics of Dance Marathon, good ways to raise money, and ideas for schools who have never done it before.

The team hopes to get all grades involved this year. They want to continue to hold dance marathon at Leon in the future and “keep the legacy alive.”