Mt. Vernon High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) is sponsoring Riley Dance Marathon on Friday, April 28 with a goal of raising $10,000 for Riley Hospital. With a $5 admission charge, Mt. Vernon High School students can attend the Riley Dance Marathon from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., and the public can attend from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. If the community cannot attend and wants to support the fundraiser, visit THIS LINK. Currently, the NHS organization has 53 members supporting this initiative.
The NHS students began fundraising in August by selling Tervis mugs, which raised $2,000. They also sponsored a blacklight volleyball tournament in November, which raised $500. Another fundraising effort included "Jeans for Teachers" where teachers would donate $5 per week to wear jeans all week. This effort raised another $1,000. In addition, NHS students are individually fundraising through Facebook and other mediums.
On Friday, April 28, Mt. Vernon High School students can pay $5 and attend the Dance Marathon (instead of SRT and their 4th block class). Many activities will be available in the main gym, including $1 Henna tattoos, carnival games, temporary tattoos, corn hole, twister, giant yard games, cake walk, water bottle flipping, and other group games.
The food is being donated this year which will help keep event expenses to a minimum. The group is partnering with the National Art Honor Society who will be painting faces and Henna tattoos.
A Mt. Vernon Riley family has been asked to speak at the Dance Marathon beginning at 1:30 p.m. Students will stand throughout the duration of the Dance Marathon in honor of Riley patients and are seeking pledges to support their efforts in support of Riley Hospital.
Emily Annakin, NHS Historian, states, "This is for a really good cause. The community is strong when it comes to helping kids. We get to show off the high school and see our community coming together for a great cause. Many of us know someone who Riley Hospital has helped."
Mr. Justin Goff, MVHS Math Teacher and NHS Sponsor, states, “The NHS students have been working hard planning for the Riley Dance Marathon all year. They are reviewing what worked well last year and what they can improve upon for this year. The NHS students are focused on increasing participation by having more games/competitions that students would enjoy, including flip the bottle, giant Jenga, and giant Kerplunk. I am proud of their leadership and philanthropic efforts!"
The Mt Vernon High School Dance Marathon is partnered with the Ball State University Dance Marathon. The two Dance Marathons help fund two programs at Riley Hospital: The Magic Castle Cart Program and The Palliative Care Program. The Magic Castle Cart Program provides smile therapy to patients twice a week. A rolling cart designed as a castle is taken to inpatient rooms by volunteers. Children then get to choose a toy that makes them smile. This program costs approximately $30,000 each year.
The Palliative Care Program improves the quality of life for critically or terminally ill patients through spiritual, physical, emotional and mental support. The program specializes in pain management through yoga, massage and acupuncture services.
The National Honor Society students are seeking donations for the upcoming Riley Dance Marathon; checks can be made out to “Mt. Vernon High School” with “Riley Dance Marathon” in the memo. Donation questions can be sent to Mr. Justin Goff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual NHS members have raised over $1,000 online so far through fundraising pages linked HERE, where community members can also donate.
Riley Hospital treats more than 300,000 patients a year, including 2,469 children from Hancock County alone. Riley Hospital is the only nationally ranked children’s hospital in Indiana, and treats 80% of all Indiana children diagnosed with cancer each year. Learn about some of the children who benefit from Riley Hospital services at this LINK.