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North Hills Students Expand Annual "THON" to Include Junior, Community Dances

The 5th annual charity dance expands to create first-ever marathon for middle school students and the community

No, they're not taking us back to 1923! North Hills High School students are bringing us into 2019, by expanding the school's 5th annual Dance Marathon or "THON," patterned after the iconic Penn State fundraiser. This year, there will be three separate events in March, including a THON for middle-schoolers, and one that's open and free to the public:

  • THON for students in Grades 9 to 12 on March 2 from 5 to 11 p.m.
  • THON Junior for students in Grades 7 and 8 on Marcy 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Community THON on March 2 from 12 to 3 p.m.

All three events will be held in the North Hills Middle School gymnasiums and will include dancing, inflatables, games and food. The Community THON also will feature family-friendly carnival games and a basket raffle, according to the THON web page .

Over the past four years, North Hills students, lead by the Student Council and Hands for Service Club, have raised over $43,000 for charity. This year's three THONs will raise funds for Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation . You can donate food for the dancers (click here to see what they need and drop it off at the high school athletic and activities office). You can also sponsor your favorite dancer--they have to raise their own entrance fees but are encouraged to raise as much as they can. For more information on supporting the events contact Jennifer DiPasquale at

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