In preparation for the dance marathon, which will take place Feb. 24, 2018, the dance marathon board enacted a spirit week with themes to match the pride in helping children in need. The event served to raise awareness for the upcoming event and get students excited to participate through the spirited attire and lively music, which was played during both lunches.
“Dance marathon is a fundraiser for the children at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital; that is the hospital we chose this year,” dance marathon moral chair Angelique Meneses said. “So, basically online we are fundraising money to donate.”
Many board members and delegates have been trying to spread the word about dance marathon, and this spirit week served as a tool of publicizing it.
“I’ve just been telling my friends, posting on social media, and Mrs. Lerner has been advertising spirit week by telling her classes,” dance marathon delegate Danielle Rittman said.
Monday, Dec. 11 marked the first day of spirit week, lasting until Friday, Dec. 15. Posters in the cafeteria presented the themes for all five days, starting with “Miracle Monday,” a day when students were instructed to wear neon.
However, the week began with a slow start with less people dressing up than what the delegates had hoped for. Many delegates claimed that due to the weather, it was hard to find brightly colored clothes and stay warm.
“The weather for sure prevented students from dressing up, especially for Monday’s theme. I dressed up, and I was freezing all day,” Meneses said.
Tuesday, Dec. 12 was “Start Today Tuesday Day” with a crazy sock theme.
“Crazy socks… day represented standing up for the children who can’t,” Rittman said.
“Wacky Wednesday” on Dec. 13 featured wacky attire. However, many students stuck with ugly holiday sweaters to accommodate the cold weather.
Thursday, Dec. 14 was “Throwback Thursday,” and students were encouraged to dress up as a children. MSD students were seen wearing onesies and pigtails that day.
Lastly, Friday was labelled “Futuristic Friday,” a day when students dressed up as what they aspire to be in the future.
“My advisor, Ms. Sinitch, came up with the themes of the week, then we all came together to decide on the actual days,” Meneses said.
While the cold weather has prevented some students from participating, delegates and board members remain hopeful that the week instilled the awareness in the student body that they had hoped for.