It may not have lasted 46 hours or attracted thousands of people, but students at Penns Valley Elementary and Intermediate School still raised more than $4,000 at their “Mini-Thon” Friday night.
It was an event started at the district a few years ago as a spinoff of the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, which raises money for the Four Diamonds fund to combat pediatric cancer.
Fourth-grade teacher Kendyl Paolini said students held a coin drive leading up to the event that included three hours worth of games, crafts, dancing and visitors from the Millheim Fire Company.
Penns Valley Area and Penn State grad Josh Hull also stopped by. Hull played college football for Penn State and was drafted in 2010 by the St. Louis Rams.
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Paolini said 74 students in kindergarten through fourth grade participated.
“Third- and fourth-graders did a lot of the planning in hopes they would be empowered and see how much of a difference they can make,” Paolini said. “I am so proud of how hard they have worked and what they’ve accomplished.”