continued “We know times are tough, but it’s important to continue because there are a lot of people who need help, including those with medical issues,” she said. “We’ve asked the kids to be creative in their fundraising.”
The top fundraisers among the students will win prizes. All those participating receive a WCS Marathon Dance T-shirt, designed by a team of high school art students.
Andy Pratt of Bolton, noted for how he inspires a crowd, will be returning as deejay for this year's marathon. Students will be encouraged to participate in air-band competitions, relays and games. The youths will also have the opportunity to take amusing self-portraits in a concession provided by Saratoga Photobooth.
The charities to receive help this year — whether they are organizations or individuals — hadn’t been chosen as of Jan. 1.
A committee of students will be making that decision by the end of this week, DeLongis said.
About 110 students, most from Warrensburg High, have signed up for the event, DeLongis said, remarking that the students and adults planning the event are impressed already with the generosity of area businesses, who have donated cash as well as goods and services for the auctions and raffles.
DeLongis said the marathon dance offered vital life-lessons to the students.
"It’s a good opportunity for our kids kids to learn about giving back and doing good things for their community,” she said.
Anyone in the community who wishes to make a monetary donation to the marathon can mail a check to Warrensburg Central School, Attn: Darlene Gordon, 103 Schroon River Road, Warrensburg, NY 12885.
Marathon organizers are also looking for donations of bottled water and snacks or baked goods for the marathon dancers.
Donations can be dropped off at the main office at the high school prior to the marathon, or at the cafeteria by noon on Jan. 12, the day of the event.
Anyone seeking to donate a gift basket for the marathon dance raffle should contact Donna Engle at 623-3453. Those with questions are encouraged to contact Marlene DeLongis at 623-4917.