The Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) National Honor Society had already raised approximately $4,000 for Riley Hospital and added over $3,500 at the Riley Dance Marathon. The National Honor Society (NHS) hosted the 6th Annual Riley Dance Marathon on Friday, April 8 in the MVHS gymnasium, and was open to all public after 3:30 p.m. for an admission charge of $5. All proceeds went to Riley Children’s Hospitals. Attendees enjoyed not only dancing, but a giant bounce house, cake walk, face paint, food, and many other kids’ activities.
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.
NHS students are still seeking donations for Riley Hospital; checks can be made out to “Mt. Vernon High School” with “Riley Dance Marathon” in the memo and sent to MVHS. An online donation website is set up at http://donate.rileykids.org/mvhsdm16. Patrons should click the “donate now” button, and then “click here to make a general donation to this event.” Donation questions can be sent to Mr. Justin Goff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NHS students plan and fundraise year-round for this event. They have raised over $4,000 through donut sales at MVHS, penny wars, dine-to-donate at Chick-Fil-A, Teacher Jean Week (teachers donate $5 to wear jeans all week), and individual online fundraising.
A local family that has benefited from treatments at Riley Hospital shared their experience to a packed house at the Riley Dance Marathon. Their son was born with a three-chamber heart and also has a pace maker. The mother spoke about how Riley has impacted their son's health and also how they have provided assistance to their family during these difficult times.
Mr. Justin Goff, MVHS Math Teacher and NHS Sponsor, states, “The students’ hard work throughout the year pays off knowing they are helping improve the lives of patients. Both Riley programs rely on funding from Ball State University Dance Marathons and their partner high school dance marathons in order to provide services to patients. We are very proud of our students' efforts.”
Lily Erlewein, Student President of NHS states, “Kids had a ton of fun with games and activities. The programs help kids at Riley have a better life. We are helping to provide smiles.” She and her fellow leaders share in their excitement for this annual event that helps patients.