Manlius 156 kids will be able to go to summer camp for free this year, thanks to Fayetteville-Manlius students. On March 2, high schoolers packed the house I and house II gyms from noon to midnight to dance, play, and have fun for a cause. F-M has been holding Dance Marathon for 22 years now and has raised over $1 million for Camp Good Days and Special Times.
“Dance Marathon is almost entirely student run,” said student council faculty advisor Jacob Hess. “I’m here just to keep everyone on task. Its student run and community driven and I think it’s amazing that they’ve been able to succeed once again.”
Located on Keuka Lake, Camp Good Days is now in its 34th year of a providing a summer camp experience for children, adults, and families with a diagnosis of cancer, sickle cell anemia, or other challenges. Many campers made their way to Dance Marathon on March 2 where they had the chance to play Frisbee, climb through an inflatable obstacle course, and dance with F-M students.
This was the first year that two gyms were open to students. The house I gym was the main dance floor, complete with a stage and DJ. The house II gym made its debut this year as a carnival-like area designated for students who may not be as interested in dancing for twelve hours. Hess said they were hoping to bring in a larger crowd by providing alternatives to dancing.
“Some kids don’t want to come and dance for the entire time,” he said. “We wanted to give it more of a carnival- type feel because we know that a bunch of campers always attend and we wanted to give them something else to do. We wanted to make it an event and not just a twelve hour dance.”