By: Sharon Aron Baron
The students at Coral Springs High School are gearing up for their first Dance Marathon to benefit Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
Dance Marathon, a nationally recognized program benefitting the Children’s Miracle Network, is considered one of the largest, student-run philanthropic movements in the United States. On Thursday, March 23, from 5 p.m – 10:00 p.m., Coral Springs High School will be holding theirs at the high school gymnasium.
According to Dance Marathon director and student government member Stephen Marante, the event will be the first of its kind in North Broward County and is open to students from every high school in Coral Springs, Parkland and Coconut Creek.
“We actually got the idea from another school at a statewide Student Government Conference. After hearing about what a special cause it was, we immediately started planning and thinking about what Dance Marathon might look like in our own campus,” he said.
Besides dancing, everyone attending the event will be getting a free Panda Express dinner, and Marco’s Pizza is also giving away free pizza for everyone. There will even be a “Publix Cookies Bar” and a Starbucks Caffeination Station. Students are also raffling gift cards to Jeremiah’s, Monster Mini Golf, Sawgrass Lanes and TGI Friday’s. There will also be a bounce house and an inflatable Sumo Wrestling arena. Performing, will be 17 year-old, Jacob Maicol, who is a former Children’s Miracle Network Hospital patient, as well as a Nicklaus Children’s Hospital patient and her family.
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, formerly Miami Children’s, is a world leader in pediatric healthcare offering more than 40 pediatric specialties and subspecialties, and is home to Florida’s only free-standing pediatric trauma center.
So far the students have exceeded their $5,000 fundraising goal by over $700 dollars, and they expect even high numbers as more students register to participate closer to the event.
Dance Marathons currently exist in most major universities, and have raised over $150 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. To register, donate, or find out more information about Coral Springs Dance Marathon, visit events.dancemarathon.com/event/CoralSpringsDM
Coral Springs High School is located at 7201 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs, FL 33065.