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Local students dance for Haiti

MINERVA - Members of the Minerva Central School Student Council have rallied to raise funds for the Red Cross's efforts in Haiti after earthquakes devastated the country. They hosted a benefit dance, "Heat Wave for Haiti" Feb. 5 at MCS and 111 students from five local schools came to support them.

Last week, Student Council members presented the $1020 that they raised from the event to Carol Reehl, events coordinator for the Adirondack/Saratoga Chapter of the Red Cross.

"The Red Cross is very proud of you and what you were able to accomplish," said Reehl.

The amount of money raised was impressive coming from such a small school and community, according to Reehl. The donation from MCS was one of the largest in the region and surpassed those of many larger school.

"We really just wanted to see how big a difference we could make," said MCS student Benn Hall.

The benefit dance stemmed from an idea presented by Hall, a senior at MCS.

"They were so excited to help," said advisor TJ Feiden. "They came to me with the idea and then worked so hard to make the event happen."

Senior Kendra Howe, junior Samantha Vanderwarker, sophomores Brianna Hammond and Tara Galusha, freshmen Adam McCall and Shelby Hogan, and eighth graders Dakota Bennett and Gabrielle McNally joined Hall in planning the dance.

Eight local schools were invited and students from Warrensburg, North Warren, Johnsburg and Newcomb were bussed to the event with donations in hand and ready to dance for a good cause.

The Lucky Leprechaun donated pizzas for the event and Lewis Crane Service donated helium for decorative balloons. Jamie Mitchell of Indian Lake donated his time as DJ for the dance.

The dance raised just shy of $1000 dollars and students were motivated to reach that benchmark. Feiden got on the intercom system Monday morning and challenged students to find loose change and help them reach their goal. By early afternoon, MCS surpassed $1000.

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