The annual Clarksburg High School Dance Marathon is not really a dance and not really a marathon, but it is among the most popular events of the school year.
The Dance Marathon is an overnight event at Clarksburg High School is a fundraiser in honor of former student Sam Moore, a Clarksburg High freshman who died of a brain tumor in 2012. This year, the fourth edition of the Dance Marathon, which has been held every year in February since 2013.
According to organizers, this year’s event raised $23,000 for The Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation, the most in the history of the event and the Dance Marathon. The club has raised over $50,000 this year already, according to Christina Trumbull, the club’s new staff sponsor.
“We raise money throughout the year,” said Emily Lufsey, a junior at Clarksburg High School, and a member of the Dance Marathon organizing committee. “We have meetings once a month. We have had other fundraisers, including a 5K, and we have a booth at football games to help raise money and awareness. We had a letter-writing campaign to solicit monies from folks who aren’t in this community, such as grandparents and aunts and uncles, as well as businesses.”
The event which is not so much a dance marathon, but more of a huge, organized group sleep-over at the school with plenty of organized activities and watchful chaperones. “There is certainly music, and you can dance, but there are many other activities,” said Trumbull, who is taking over as a sponsor from fellow English teachers Jessica and David Douglass, who have been in charge of the Dance Marathon since it began in 2013.
Participants enjoyed a myriad of activities throughout the Dance Marathon, which took place from 8:00 pm on Friday, Feb. 5 to 8:00 am on Saturday, Feb. 6. The event includes karaoke, as well as teambuilding games and activities, a cookie bake-off, an open gym for basketball games, and, of course, some dancing.
There were two ways to get tickets to the event, which was sold out. One was to have already raised $50 as part of the year-long fundraising drives or donated $50 for a ticket. With more than 100 members, the CHS Dance Marathon is one of the biggest clubs at the school.
“It was freshman orientation, and I walked around looking at all the clubs, and it was the Dance Marathon that caught my attention,” said junior Holly Wilson, another member of the nine-person leadership committee for the event. “Mrs. Douglass, the former sponsor of the club, had books explaining what cancer is and more specifically what brain cancer is. She explained the club and what the goal was, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.” Wilson said that being involved in the Dance Marathon has inspired her to want to go into the medical field. “I thought it was just a great opportunity to do good.”
Top: Students enjoying a game of Pasta Pick-up while at Clarksburg High School on Friday night during the Dance Marathon to benefit The Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation.
Next: Get the penne on the spaghetti and carry it over to a plate on the other table. Not as easy as it looks.
Next: Clarksburg High School juniors Holly Wilson and Emily Lufsey, two of the nine members of the Dance Marathon leadership committee.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.