Students at West York celebrate raising more than $31,000 at the last MiniTHON event held at the school.
Students at West York celebrate raising more than $31,000 at the last MiniTHON event held at the school. (submitted)

Students from West York High School will aim to raise more than $40,000 this weekend to support the Four Diamonds Fund through its MiniTHON event.

The event is a 12-hour dance marathon to be held at the high school from 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 until 7 a.m. Saturday, March 1. Students raise money by agreeing not to sit down - or sleep - during the event.

MiniTHON is based on the 46-hour THON event at Penn State University's main campus, which last weekend raised $13.3 million for the fund, which helps children battling cancer at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. The money goes toward medical costs and other monetary needs their families may have.

West York's student council hosts a MiniTHON event every two years in conjunction with several other student groups, according to adviser Carrie Jones. This year, the school hopes to raise $40,000. That's a jump from the amount raised two years ago, which was more than $31,000.

Events for participating students will include sports activities, a talent show, cupcake wars, Zumba and more - with a dj to set the whole night to music, Jones said.

To donate to West York's efforts, visit here.



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