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Students prepare to dance for 36th year

Posted at: 03/01/2013 4:37 PM
Updated at: 03/01/2013 5:59 PM
By: Mark Mullholland

GLENS FALLS - The student body at South Glens Falls High School is at it again. They're lacing up their dancing shoes for the 36th Annual South High Marathon Dance.

This isn't just fun and games for the student body at South Glens Falls High School. Though there's plenty of that, there's also plenty of work.

They've been working for months to prepare and raise money for their annual dance marathon. Each of the 800 student dancers collects a minimum of $150.

But that's just part of it. They plan and put on dozens of fundraisers throughout the community in support of the dance.

The students at South High have been dancing for 36 years. Last year, they raised almost $400,000.

Every penny goes to those in need -- ranging from local organizations seeking cures for rare diseases to local families battling cancer.

Those who've been involved with marathon for a long time call it transformational to witness the power of young people helping people.

Among the 40 beneficiaries this year are the high school students from Shaker and Shenendehowa who were injured in the Northway crash that took two young lives.