Plymouth Students Collect Over $39,000 During Riley Dance Marathon Fundraisers

A number of Plymouth Community School students danced their way into setting a new record and exceeding their set goal during the Riley Dance Marathon fundraisers held in January.

PCSC Marketing Director Judi Lykowki shared that the PHS Dance Marathon committee coordinated with some of the elementary schools to hold super-hero days. Kids donated a dollar and then they were able to wear a cape or their favorite super hero shirt to school to show support for the charity.

On Friday, mini dance marathons were held at Lincoln Junior High School and Riverside Intermediate School. More than $13,500 was raised between the two schools.She said more than 300 students participated in a day-long event at Lincoln, where the cost to attend was $20 per student. About two dozen students, who wanted to participate but couldn’t afford the fee, were sponsored by donations made by staff members. A total of $6,280 was raised, setting a new school record.

Additionally, Riverside Intermediate School students raised a total of $7,240 during their mini-marathon.

Photo Credit: PHS Sophomore Hannah Gibson

On Saturday, the High School held the 7th Annual Riley Dance Marathon where hundreds of students danced for nine consecutive hours in order raise money for patients at the Riley Children’s Hospital. The $35,000 goal for this year was surpassed by over $4,000. During the varsity basketball game between the Pilgrims and the Mishawaka Cavemen, students revealed that a total of $39,081.74 was raised through this year’s efforts.

All the collected donations will specifically benefit the Palliative Care Center and Magic Castle Cart Program at the Riley Hospital for Children. According to the hospital website, the program allows patients pick various toys and trinkets from a castle-themed wooden cart as a part of what they call “smile therapy.”