And why do we want everyone to participate?
In the words of Thomas Ryan, who recently spoke at a school meeting:
“You should be excited to be a part of this dance/party because it celebrates our community. It’s about having fun together, feeling like a ten year-old for the night, and it’s part of something greater than just yourself.”
“Everybody has a reason to dance, whether it’s just to be happy or make the kids happy, or to support the Children’s Hospital, or for any other reason,” continued Thomas. “But for me, it’s even more personal. This is a picture of my sister Maggie. She was killed in a car crash May 22nd, 2016, on her way home after graduating from Wash U in St. Louis. During her time at WU, she chaired the University’s Dance Marathon and raised hundreds of thousands for the Children’s Miracle Network in St. Louis. She was always so proud of the work she did for Dance Marathon. This past summer, a classmate approached me about the idea of a Belmont Hill Dance Marathon. I knew we had something special. For me, this is one way I can carry on my sister’s spirit. And there is no better way to do it than a Party with a Purpose . . . For the Kids.”
Thus far, the students have raised close to $2000 by holding a dress down day, a Middle School sneaker day, and an Upper School beard- growing contest.