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Clarksburg High’s Dance Marathon Honors Former Student

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.