Kennett High raises more than $45,000 in second Mini-THON

Submitted photoKennett High School Raises They were dancing for a long time, as more than $45,000 was raised in Kennett High School's second annual MiniTHON.
Submitted photoKennett High School Raises They were dancing for a long time, as more than $45,000 was raised in Kennett High School's second annual MiniTHON.

KENNETT SQUARE >> On Feb.24, approximately 300 Kennett High School students stayed on their feet from 8 p.m. Friday, February 24, to 6 a.m. on Saturday morning for Mini-THON, an event to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund to benefit pediatric cancer research and families whose children are battling the disease.

Hosted by the school Humanitarian Club, the second Kennett High School Mini-THON was once again a huge success. Due to students’ hard work and the kindness of the Kennett community, they raised over $45,000, more than tripling the amount raised last year.

Modeled after Penn State’s Dance Marathon (THON), Kennett High School’s Mini-THON featured ten hours packed with fun activities, music, and food for participants. New this year, Kennett High School even raffled off a car to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund.

Event chair Austin Maxwell said, “Cancer kills more children in the US than any other disease. And, only 4% of cancer research dollars go toward the study of childhood cancers. So, here at Kennett, we’re teaming up to help families with children battling the disease.”

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Facuty advisors for the event are Mr. Tom Brientnall, social studies teacher; Ms. Lisa Teixeira, KHS librarian and Humanitarian Club moderator; and Mrs. Erin McDonnell-Jones, English teacher. Both Mrs. McDonnell-Jones and Mr. Brientnall are Penn State graduates and former THON participants. Student organizers were led by senior event chair Austin Maxwell, along with junior co-chairs Erin Duffy and Anna Wilson, and Humanitarian Club seniors Molly Adelman, Michael Bellino, and Jackie Tucker.