“We do it for the Brains” is the motto of the Clarksburg High School Dance Marathon which has become one of the most popular events of the entire school year. Students working to raise funds for months prior to the big event, which is not really a dance, and not really a marathon.
The event overnight lock-in event, which celebrated its fifth year of overnight fun and dancing for a cause last Friday, Feb. 3, raised $22,086 for The Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation. The Dance Marathon has become an annual fundraiser in honor of former student Sam Moore, a Clarksburg freshman who died of a brain tumor in 2012.
According to Holly Wilson, a junior at Clarksburg High School and one of the organizers of the event, 80 students participated in this year’s event at the school. “It has been more publicized on social media and continues to be one of the largest clubs at Clarksburg High School. We had about 80 students participate in this year’s ‘Thon, which is the most students we have ever had. There were a lot of familiar faces and many new faces, which shows this club has inspired a variety of students.”
Wilson said, one of the reasons the turnout was better this year was because the club created a website to help keep members and students informed. “The leadership committee was organized about planning activities and coming up with new fundraisers. To help keep the members always informed, the committee created a website which was super helpful and convenient. Overall, the fundraising this year inspired many to get involved and definitely helped spread the word about the Dance Marathon.”
“It’s a fun atmosphere,” said junior Alexis Schweitzer. “It’s good that you can have fun and you can support such a good cause especially when it so closely impacts our school, and we just want to make sure that the Moore family and the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation knows that we’re actually invested in finding a cure.”
“We do a lot of things throughout the night,” said Jake Alexander, a junior at CHS who attended this year’s Dance Marathon. “We play manhunt throughout the school which is really fun, we play basketball and volleyball — all the things that we love and at the end, we watch a movie with all of us together as one and it’s just really fun.”
“I got involved in this club because it’s for a great cause and it’s a tradition,” said senior Caroline Ta. “I’ve been doing it for two years now, and I love participating. The reveal at the dance marathon of our fundraising efforts is what I always look forward to because it shows how so many people came together to help make a difference in other people’s lives.”
Wilson said that the club should have continued success based on the number of juniors involved in the club this year. “There should be a lot of senior leadership next year. We will continue to have successful fundraisers and to brainstorm new ideas. I have no doubt that this club will continue to raise vast amounts of money and to continue sharing Sam Moore's inspirational story. This club will continue to grow and inspire more and more students to get involved.”
To date, the CHS Dance Marathon has raised over $80,000 for the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation.
Top: The Clarksburg High School Dance Marathon organizers.
Next: About 80 students attended this year’s Dance Marathon at CHS, which was held on Friday, Feb. 3 to raise funds for the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation.
Next: Along with dancing, students participated in a manhunt game, volleyball, basketball, and watched a movie.
Next: Even baking was part of the Dance Marathon.
Photos courtesy of CHS Dance Marathon.