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Students planning marathon dance

WARRENSBURG - Students at Warrensburg High School are now helping launch a fundraiser modeled after the immensely successful South Glens Falls Marathon Dance that's raised millions of dollars for various charities.

A core group of 10 adults and 12 students, primarily from the WCS junior class, have been meeting regularly to sponsor a charity dance to be held Jan. 15, for students in grades 7 through 12.

Expectations are circulating about 400 to 500 students from both Warrensburg High and neighboring schools will participate.

Some of the proceeds of the dance will go towards helping out various families in need, perhaps those with a family member enduring a life-threatening illness, according to Terri Leguire, one of the adults planning the marathon.

The South Glens Falls Marathon Dance, thriving since the 1970s, raised $283,407 in 2010 alone for charity, about $23,000 more than in 2009.

Unlike this marathon, which extends over two days, the Warrensburg marathon dance will likely be limited to 12 hours, extending from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The event organizers have already contracted with a Vermont radio station to provide the deejays for the event, to be held in the Warrensburg High School gymnasium.

Like the South Glens Falls marathon, an evening segment of the event will include hosting the public for staged events, awards, and bidding on gift baskets, Leguire said.

"It will be pretty cool if this can become an annual tradition," she said. "We want to get the hype up about the event and make it happen."

High School principal Doug Duell said he was looking forward to the marathon dance plans to become reality.

I think it's a great opportunity for kids to be a part of something special," he said. "Doing something for the good of others is a noble quality."

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