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F-M students kick-start annual Dance Marathon fundraiser

Masters of Ceremonies for the annual Dance Marathon held at Fayetteville-Manlius perform their routine Thursday, Jan. 5, in the school auditorium during a kickoff event for the fundraiser, which will take place March 5. Last winter, the MCs, along with the Student Council and student body, raised $127,000 for Camp Good Days and Special Times.

Masters of Ceremonies for the annual Dance Marathon held at Fayetteville-Manlius perform their routine Thursday, Jan. 5, in the school auditorium during a kickoff event for the fundraiser, which will take place March 5. Last winter, the MCs, along with the Student Council and student body, raised $127,000 for Camp Good Days and Special Times. Brian Smith

“I was a camp counselor last summer, and it’s really just an incredible place,” said Sawyer Dew, a senior Dance Marathon master of ceremonies. “Until you’ve been there, you have no idea of the impact that you have on the campers. We will do anything to raise money for the camp, and we want to get the student body just as involved.”

This past Thursday’s kickoff featured insightful speeches from Student Council members who have counseled at the camp, a slideshow of last summer’s highlights and a powerful presentation by James McCauley Jr., a Camp Good Days and Special Times initiative coordinator.

“The campers’ lives are far from a fairytale, but the time they spend there each summer is just that for them,” McCauley Jr. said during his speech. “I travel all over the country informing people about what we do, but [Fayetteville-Manlius] is my favorite place to come because of how committed the kids are to helping our cause.

“Let’s all help them in their commitment.”

The entertainment portion of the evening was handled by the Dance Marathon’s masters of ceremonies. The 12-person crew will spearhead the fundraising effort, along with the Student Council, for the next two months. Thursday, the masters of ceremonies screened a funny 20-minute film, featuring Principal Raymond Kilmer, that they started shooting in October. They followed it up with a rousing dance routine that was also three months in the making.

The group had showed the film and danced for the entire student body during two assemblies earlier that day.

“It’s a really amazing feeling to get in front of the whole school and have everyone cheer you on; it’s a lot of school pride and we really love it,” said senior master of ceremonies and two-time camp counselor Sarah Rosenbaum. “Right now is the turning point for us. Our dance is over, and we’re moving forward with getting the students to raise money and reaching out to all of the local businesses.”

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