Governor Mifflin students dance to benefit families
of children with cancer. (PHOTO KERI MORTON)
On March 12-13, 2010 at the Governor Mifflin Intermediate School the second annual mini-THON will be held. According to a press release by Keri Morton this event will raise money to benefit families whose children are treated at Penn State Hershey's Children's Hospital for cancer.
The inspiration for the mini-THON at Governor Mifflin came from Timothy Hartung (class of 2010) who was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. He learned of the Four Diamonds Fund and decided to organize a mini-THON patterned after the Penn State THON. Per the Four Diamonds website: "Many of the local schools participate in a variety of fund-raisers for The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The most popular events are school mini-thons, which replicate Penn State’s Dance Marathon on a smaller scale. There are even elementary school children participating in one-hour mini-thons."
According to an article released in 2009 by Governor Mifflin school, "Hartung attended a mini-THON workshop in Hershey to learn how to coordinate the event. He then organized a planning team with members of the GM Student Government Association and created committees to lead the different aspects of the event planning. As event co-chair, Hartung organized sports tournaments and other entertainment into the mini-THON events."
This year, again, students are seeking pledges from family members, local businesses and members of the community to sponser them. The event begins at 7 PM and goes through 7 AM during which time the students will stay awake and active.
Last year the students raised over $25,000 for the Four Diamond's Fund. This year's goal is to raise over $30,000. To make donations contact Mrs. Nancy Brady. the advisor of the event, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mrs. Brady is the Student Government Association advisor for Governor Mifflin High School.
In 2009 Pennridge High School had the opportunity to choose the State Charity for the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils (PASC). They chose the Four Diamonds Fund as that charity and their goal was to double the number of mini-THONs held by high schools in Pennsylvania. In 2009 over $792,000 was raised by mini-THONs. Governor Mifflin was the first school in Berks County to sponsor a Four Diamonds Mini-THON.