Bellefonte Elementary hosts first-ever mini-Thon
When fifth-grade student Brooke Whitman heard about the mini-Thon event last spring at Bellefonte Area High School, she knew she wanted to help spearhead one at her school, Bellefonte Elementary. It was done as a way to help give back to the community, while making sure she did something memorable in her last year before entering junior high. More than 100 students participated in the inaugural event held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 that included dancing, games and other activities. More than $6,000 was also raised for the Four Diamond fund during mini-Thon at Bellefonte Elementary School. It was a smaller version of the IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon hosted annually by Penn State that raises money for the foundation that supports those affected by childhood cancer. The elementary school’s event was even verified by Thon at Penn State and given approval to sell items with the Thon and Four Diamonds trademarks. Fourth-grade teacher Lauren Whitman said students worked since the beginning of the school year helping to raise money through various fundraising efforts. The school would also like to thank local companies Centre Concrete, Maria’s, Pizza Mia and Weis for being sponsors of the event.