The National Honor Society at Mt. Vernon High School raised $8,246.12 between "Penny Wars" and the "Dance Marathon" which will benefit Riley Hospital's Magic Castle Cart Program and the Palliative Care Program.
For the “Penny Wars” campaign, National Honor Society members collected change at lunch. Classes that had the most money at the end of the week were able to skip a final. The combined total for Penny Wars was $5,303.
The "Dance Marathon" at Mt. Vernon High School on Friday, April 10th raised $2,943.12 towards their totals. High school students paid $10 to attend and were able to be at the Dance Marathon during fourth block. Large inflatable obstacle courses, tattoos, dancing, cake walk and other games were some of the activities. All students stood in honor of the Riley patients who can not. Entertainment was provided by a staff DJ and the HS acappella group, among others.
The Mt Vernon High School Dance Marathon is partnered with the Ball State University Dance Marathon (BSUDM). The 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.
Alyssa Vinluan, Dance Marathon Coordinator for Riley Children’s Foundation states, “Both programs rely on funding from BSUDM and its partner high school DM's in order to provide services to patients. We are very grateful for the support of Mt. Vernon High School students and staff.” In 2013-2014, BSUDM and its partner high schools, including Mt. Vernon High School, gave nearly $330,000 to the Palliative Care Program.
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.