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April 13, 2012

Centennial Takes a Stand for Those Who Can’t

by The Centinal

By Jewel Goodly – Staff Writer

For months now, Centennial High School has been preparing for the Miracle Network Dance Marathon that will be held in the Centennial gym on April 20th from 6:00-10:00pm. Students have been selling candy bars and balloons to fundraise for this event and many organizations around Champaign have made donations. To promote this party around Centennial, students even performed flash mobs.  A dance marathon is a party to celebrate the funds Centennial High School has raised for the Children’s Miracle Network.  All proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network to support children’s hospitals.

At the Dance Marathon, every hour a different family will be featured. The families will share their child’s miraculous story. During each hour, a minute and a half of the dance will be taught. Each dance corresponds to one of the four themes; 70’s, X-factor, Olympics, and Disney. There will also be games, contests between the classes (freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors), food, raffles, fun and more for everyone to enjoy. The end of the marathon is referred to as FTK, For the Kids. At this time (FTK), everyone involved will perform all four dances and “dance for those who can’t.” After the dances are performed, the amount of money raised for the children’s hospitals will be unveiled.

Dance Marathon fundraisers are very popular at BIG 10 schools and other colleges. Centennial is the first high school in Illinois to host a dance marathon. The idea of Centennial hosting a dance marathon started with freshman, Grace Khachaturian and her family. Khachaturian competes in pageants and as her philanthropy, takes part in “PJ’s for Pediatrics”.  She makes pajamas for children in hospitals and leaves a personal note for each child. After being so involved in the hospitals, the Khachaturians wanted to do more so she brought the idea to the now sponsors of this event; Sue Aldridge, Marian Wyatt, and George Stanhope. This event involves multiple clubs and organizations around the school and isn’t just selective to one group. Everyone is encouraged to come and raise funds.

Isabel Lammers, Centennial junior and member of the Dance Marathon Committee, is excited and hopes that the flash mobs will inspire a great turn out. About getting involved in the marathon, Lammers comments “it is a great cause and looks awesome to colleges since almost every large university does these too.” Choir director, Marian Wyatt, is also excited about Dance Marathon and “hopes it is the first of many more.” Wyatt also comments about the dance marathon saying “We will stand the entire time for the kids who can’t.”

To join in all the fun that is for a good cause, get a sign-up sheet in Mrs. Wyatt’s room along with twenty dollars. Registration deadline is Friday, April 13, 2012 at 3:18. Those who register before the deadline will receive Dance Marathon t-shirt. Late registrations will be accepted up to at the door but participants must have twenty dollars and be in a Centennial t- shirt. If you would like to donate you can bring money to Mrs. Wyatt or stop by her room to sell balloons or chocolates. Come out on April 20th, and join the celebration. It is going to be four hours of fun!

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