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Middle school launches new dance-a-thon fundraiser

by WHITNEY ENGLAND
Whitefish Pilot | May 19, 2021 1:00 AM

The Whitefish Education Foundation’s Family Involvement Team (FIT) is gearing up to host the middle school’s first ever booster fundraising event and dance-a-thon on May 27-28.

Like Muldown’s popular jog-a-thon fundraising fun run, the new dance-a-thon at the middle school will have a similar format. Students in fifth and sixth grades will recruit people to pledge a donation of anywhere from $1 to $20 per minute that the student dances. The middle schoolers have a goal to dance for 30 minutes straight. Donors can also give a flat rate amount.

According to one of the middle school’s FIT lead volunteers Nikki Oaks, the goal of the dance-a-thon is to raise $15,000 which would be used for various purposes in the middle school.

“That would be used for our teacher appreciation, our wish list, our teacher grants and anything that the school needs,” Oaks told the Pilot on Friday. “Because we didn’t get to do any fundraisers last year, this is going to be really important for the middle school, just getting caught up on funds basically.”

WMS hosted two pep rallies on Monday and Tuesday to kick off the fundraiser. The students will have two weeks to get people registered and participating, and as many pledges as possible. There are prizes and incentives for the students to get people to pledge money for them.

The actual dance-a-thon event will occur during the fifth and sixth grade PE periods at the WMS gym on May 27 and 28.

Oaks says that because Whitefish has such a giving community, she’s confident that they can hit their goal of raising $15,000.

“Our community is pretty awesome, so we’ll see,” she said.

Muldown’s booster fundraiser jog-a-thon is happening at the same time as the middle school’s dance-a-thon. Muldown’s fundraising goal this year is to raise $30,000.

To register a student or make a pledge visit funrun.com or visit whitefisheducationfoundation.org for more information.