As usual, the goal for mini-Thon at Bald Eagle Area Middle and High School is to raise money to support the Four Diamonds fund, while also raising awareness about childhood cancer. The hope this year is to raise at least $5,000 toward the fund that financially supports families affected by childhood cancer and who is served by the Children’s Hospital at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
In its mission, the group has, so far, received donations including $100 from Snow Shoe Township and $1,000 from the Milesburg American Legion, the same amount they donated last year. Students, faculty and staff a part of mini-Thon express their appreciation.
They’re also selling T-shirts for $12. To contribute, visit this link: https://fourdiamonds.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2378&fbclid=IwAR3alM-bp9LnnZ4pFvKHBT7ylGGkPkOvUX8_LKlRG_PrHGjF7NVOc5EIwSI.
This year’s event, organized by members of the SADD club – Students Against Destructive Decisions – will be held 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 10 at the high school and will include activities such as line dancing, a basketball and volleyball tournament, corn hole, ping pong, Kan Jam, face painting stations and more. There will also be food and drinks.
The group is also organizing a spirit week leading up to the event starting May 6 with blue and gold day, followed by sunglasses day on Tuesday, twin day Wednesday, beach day Thursday and Thon pride day Friday where students are encouraged to wear neon colors or their mini-Thon T-shirt.
Students have also been active in the community supporting Thon and its efforts. On April 23, some helpers from mini-Thon participated in a staff car wash during lunch periods to benefit and raise money for the event. On April 25, staff advisers and students visited the children's hospital at Penn State to visit with Four Diamonds staff, doctors and patients.
"This gives us a chance to truly support the patients and recognize the hardworking Four Diamonds staff and medical staff," student Lauren Wellar said.