Mt. Vernon National Honor Society Raised $5,303 for Riley Hospital with Penny Wars – More Funds to Come with Riley Dance Marathon April 10th
Mt. Vernon High School’s National Honor Society raised a total of $5,303.15 through “Penny Wars” during “Donate to Riley Hospital for Children to Skip a Final Week.”Additional funds will be coming to Riley Hospital with the upcoming Riley Dance Marathon on April 10th.
For the recent “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. Seniors raised $1,008.00, juniors brought in $2,364.94, sophomores raised $1,911.06, and freshmen brought in $19.15. Both the junior and sophomore classes (for those who meet specific school criteria) were allowed to skip a final.
Mr. Justin Goff, MVHS Math Teacher and NHS Sponsor, states, “This is the most we have ever raised through skip-a-final, putting us at over half our goal. I want to thank all MVHS classes for their generous contributions and efforts in raising money for Riley.”
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 an additional $1,000 online so far through fundraising pages linked HERE, where community members can also donate.
Riley families have been asked to speak at the Dance Marathon on April 10th at Mt. Vernon High School in the main gym 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.
The Mt Vernon High School Dance Marathon is partnered with the Ball State University Dance Marathon (BSUDM). 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 provide 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 DMs 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.