By Amy Kriz, Union High School Counselor
After more than three months of planning and one postponement because of weather, the Union High School National Honor Society (UHS NHS) hosted its first “mini” Dance Marathon event on March 7, in support of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
Open to all high school students and patterned after the University of Northern Iowa’s Dance Marathon, the “mini” event at Union High School ran for six hours. With a motto of “Too Legit to Sit,” students were not allowed to sit. In addition to dancing, the event included ping pong tables, a dodgeball tournament, Twister, limbo, “Minute-to-Win-It” games, and a card-making room for the kids being treated at the Children’s Hospital.
The Union Dance Marathon began with a personal message from Union football coach Chadd Johnson, his wife, Jennifer, and their two children about how the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and Dance Marathon helped their family when their oldest was born premature.
Along with several supporting fundraising events held the past four months, UHS NHS surpassed their goal of raising $1,500, which helped push the total amount raised by the UNI Dance Marathon to over $175,000.
The Union High School National Honor Society thanks all the students and parents who donated to this great cause and showed up to dance the night away. A very special thank you goes to those individuals and businesses that donated food, supplies, and money to this event: Wayne Gaston, Doug Bechthold, Tim Mitchell, Danny and Deenie Higgins, Terry’s Food Center of Dysart, LPC Connect (Telephone Co.), Farm Bureau Financial Services of La Porte City, Martin Brothers and Subway on La Porte Road.