NHS student-led dance marathon raises $7,100+ for children's hospital

Cary Ashby • May 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Several Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) class members appearing at the Norwalk City Schools board of education meeting Tuesday seemingly was random.

It turns out the teenagers knew their teacher, Nick Lee, was going to be named the teacher of the year by the Norwalk Teachers Association. (A full story appeared in Thursday’s issue.) After he received the award, Lee quipped that “you tricked me” and one student was enthusiastic about pulling off the secret.

Regardless, Lee — who didn’t know about the honor — told board members and district administrators that seeing classmates support Norwalk High School junior Hannah Dumbeck at the meeting is part of what makes TLC special.

“It says a lot about the class,” Lee said. “Everything they do, they do together.”

Dumbeck shared information Tuesday about TLC and its biggest fundraiser, the recent mini-dance marathon. This was the fifth year for the NHS version, which raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network. 

“The event was inspired (by) and introduced to us by Bowling Green State University and is very popular among other college campuses,” said Dumbeck, one of the NHS organizers. 

The overnight event included activities such as laser tag, an escape room and various tournaments.

“This year we received food donations from Domino’s, Marco’s Little Ceasars, Pizza Post, Catering by Design and Sheri’s Coffee House. This year we were also very grateful to have received a grant from the Schlink Foundation, which provided us with T-shirts, additional food supplies, games and a band for the night,” Dumbeck said. 

TLC donated about $7,134 to Rainbow Babies And Children's Hospital in Cleveland this year. 

“Our five-year total is over $45,000,” Dumbeck told the board. “This event was a lot of hard work … but we feel dance marathon brings great unity to the school and provides a safe environment for students on a weekend night.”

TLC is a class focused on service leadership. Some of the 22 students’ regular activities include, but aren’t limited to, mentoring at Main Street Intermediate School and reading with Pleasant Elementary students.

Lee said the students also do “the dirty work at the Humane Society” and some “grunt work at When Pigs Fly.”

“They are very involved kids,” the teacher added. “They represent our school well.”

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