Peirce Holds Marathon Event, Benefits Dragonfly Forest Camp

 Peirce Holds Marathon Event, Benefits Dragonfly Forest Camp

Peirce Middle School Dance Marathon 

Peirce Middle School students and staff recently coordinated their first-ever dance marathon, which raised nearly two-thousand dollars for Dragonfly Forest Camp.

Coordinated by Peirce’s Student Council, Wellness Team, and a newly established Dance Marathon Committee, students and staff could often be found after school creating marketing materials, preparing decorations, and even practicing their dance moves.

Dance MarathonHeld inside the school’s cafeteria, more than 140 students participated in the four-hour long event, which featured a DJ, lots of music and dancing, healthy snacks, merchandise sales, a funny photo section, and the popular Penalty Box. Students could purchase a Penalty Box ticket, then deliver the ticket to a friend at the dance marathon. The ticket required the friend to go to a roped-off area in the cafeteria, put on funny hats or costumes, and remain there for 15 minutes - or pay four dollars to leave.

Dragonfly Forest Camp is no stranger to Peirce Middle School – proceeds from a school fundraiser held the prior year benefitted the organization. “I attended Peirce’s Alley Oops for Autism Students versus Faculty Basketball Game last spring, and was incredibly impressed by the school spirit, energy, and enthusiasm displayed by all of the students and staff,” said Kristin McMaster, Director of Dragonfly Forest Camp. “We were excited and grateful to learn we would be the beneficiaries of the school’s first-ever dance marathon.”

At the end of the marathon, students gathered to find out how much money had been raised. A grand total of $1,839.50 had been collected over the course of the event, all of which will directly support the camp.

“I hope the students, faculty, and staff that participated felt a sense of community, and understood the importance of giving back,” said Megan Hoopes-Myers, a Peirce Middle School teacher who helped coordinated the dance marathon alongside teachers Denise Lorback and Tara Weaver.

Dragonfly Forest Camp is a non-profit organization that provides summer camp opportunities at no cost to children with medical needs. To learn more about Dragonfly Forest Camp, visit

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