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The Ephrata Area School District has once again risen to the occasion, showing its true colors with its contribution to the Four Diamonds Fund.
The annual miniTHON events held by both the middle school and high schools have become such a part of the culture in the various buildings that the event and fund-raisers associated with it are discussed and held throughout the year.
Kicked off several weeks ago with high school staff doing their best imitations of current pop icons, the event culminates in two six-hour-long events at the EphrataMiddle School, characterized by tons of games and lots of food. And this year, it was all Ephrata at this location.
“This was the first year that EMS and EHS worked together to get our total without any other schools,” explained high school student council advisor and math teacher Bret Marzock. “This year the middle school did an amazing job. With all the money from EVERYTHING the total was $27,063.40 as of right now, with a few more fundraisers this school year like math teachers selling pies for “pi week” and other possible fundraisers that are still up in the air.”
In years past, miniTHON was a joint venture between EHS, CocalicoHigh School and Garden Spot high school. This year was different.
“For three years now, the high school has been wanting to partner with (EMS) and finally this year, we partnered with each other – sort of,” explained Vicki Socie, EHS Family and Consumer Science teacher and miniTHON organizer. “So, we had our miniTHON on Friday night with theirs on Saturday night. We want to continue to help each other out like this in future years.”
Of that total, EHS students raised $15,820.93 and EMS raised $11,242.47.
“The middle school is still also possibly having other fundraisers too,” added Marzock, mentioning the bowl-a-thon which was a big success last year. (There may also be some) other money that the elementary schools may donate for other events throughout the remainder of this year.”
A number of local sponsors each contributed at least $250 to the effort including: Fuel Education; Ephrata Elks; LaserLabs; Big Bright Bounces; Eagle Rental; Game Truck; Shirk Brothers; Ephrata Fitness; Clark Foods; Landis Computers; Dairy Queen; Ephrata Community Hospital; Penn Cinema; JD Pazzo’s Pizza; Crystal Springs; Tastykakes; and K & W Tires.
“This was the third year that the middle school had a miniTHON,” explained Socie. “Our first year was in 2012. We were the first LancasterCounty middle school ever to do a miniTHON for the Four Diamonds Fund.”
While only the 7th and 8th graders were officially part of miniTHON this year, the Ephrata Intermediate School participated by selling candygrams in February, raising over $435. Socie said she hopes for more participation with the EIS building in future years.
Friday night 220 students were in attendance. On Saturday night, 200 EHS students grades 9-12 were present – with both events at the middle school.
“Students at the middle school raised $25 for a registration fee in order to attend,” added Socie. “If students could not afford the $25 fee, the fee was waived by me so that they could participate. Students at the high school had to pay a $35 registration fee in order to attend. Of course, with both miniTHONS, it was optional to raise more money.”
The Four Diamonds Fund was started by Charles and Irma Millard, following the death of their son Christopher, from pediatric cancer. The name refers to the four diamonds (courage, wisdom, honesty, and strength), a fantasy story written by Christopher shortly before succumbing to cancer. Big THON is held every third weekend in February where approximately 700-plus Penn State students dance (or stand) for 46 hours straight, standing for the kids who can’t stand.
Gary P. Klinger is a correspondent for The Ephrata Review and welcomes your feedback via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @GPKlinger.