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Mini-THON Readies For Kids Night Out

Ryan Glover l Digital Editor

Every year the mini-THON committee’s goal is to crush last year’s total raised, but with this comes many challenges and obstacles that the club must overcome.

The mini-THON committee raised $13,187.54 in total for the Four Diamonds last year. The Four Diamonds is a cancer treatment organization FTK (for the kids), and their main goal is to raise money for cancer research and kids who are fighting childhood cancer.

Their next fundraising event will be a Kids Night Out held on Jan. 28. This event invites staff from around the school district to drop their kids off for a night of fun.

“Teachers are able to bring their children in, so they can have a night for themselves,” said senior co-president Olivia Gerhart. “We will have games, a movie, snacks, and lots of fun.”

Kids ages 5-10 will rotate between student-run stations where they can participate in a variety of activities throughout the night. The event will have a $15 minimum charge for the first child, but $10 for any other child in the same family. However, the exact schedule for the night is to be decided.

“Hopefully, we just have enough kids interested in going,” said senior co-president Elsa Thomas. “I think that besides that fact, overall, the event will go well.”

One of the main changes for the event this year is that the night will be open to more parents than years prior. This allows them to host more children and raise additional money.

“This year, we have opened it to a bigger part of the district,” said Gerhart. “Hopefully, this brings in more kids which will fundraise even more towards the Mini-THON.”

The mini-THON committee works throughout the year to achieve their goal by raising money through various fundraisers that get community and student involvement. This year the club has already had many fundraisers such as a Gold Out football game, the 5K fun run and the winter dance.

“We are trying to gain momentum since Covid,” said sophomore event committee leader Katie Idgunji. “Many students have not been to a mini-THON event, so we are trying to get more students involved through various fundraisers and inform them about where the money is going to go in the end.”

With the event happening within weeks, preparations have begun. The committee is very excited about the event and the potential success that it could have.

“I'm most looking forward to having fun with the kids that night,” said Thomas. “The kids do not get to experience a mini-THON, so this is like a mini mini-THON for them.”

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