Mt. Vernon raises funds for Riley Hospital


Students of the National Honor Society at Mt. Vernon High School were able to raise a substantial amount of donations for Riley Hospital through dancing and spare change collection campaigns at school.

Through their Penny Wars and Dance Marathon campaigns, approximately $8,246 was raised to benefit two therapeutic programs at Riley Hospital.

The Penny Wars campaign involved NHS members collecting spare change during their lunch hour. Classes who were able to collect the most change were allowed to skip a final. The combined effort of the campaign resulted in $5,303.

Mt. Vernon held its Dance Marathon on April 10 in honor where students each paid $10 to attend during their fourth block scheduling. Dancing as well as games, inflatable obstacle courses, tattoos and a cakewalk were available. A school staff DJ provided the entertainment along with the high school acappella group. Students raised $2,943.

The Dance Marathon is partnered with the Ball State University Dance Marathon. Both programs help to raise funds for two programs at Riley including The Magic Castle Cart Program, which provides smile therapy to patients twice a week and allows children to pick out a toy that makes them smile, and the Palliative Care Program, which improves quality of life for critically or terminally ill patients through spiritual, physical, emotional and mental support. The program specializes in yoga, massage and acupuncture therapy.

“Both programs rely on funding from BSUDM and its partner high school DM’s in order to provide services to patients. We are very grateful for the support of Mt. Vernon High School students and staff,” Alyssa Vinluan, Riley Children’s Foundation dance marathon coordinator said.

Nearly $330,000 was raised by BSDUM and its partnering high schools, including Mt. Vernon, for the Palliative Care Program in the 2013-14 year

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