Waukegan High School’s first Dance Marathon on
April 13, 2013, was a huge success, raising $5,432 for the Leukemia Research Foundation, so t’s really no surprise that everyone who attended had a great time. “It made me feel like it was Homecoming again. There [were] people dancing. There was a beach ball going around the crowd. It was one amazing night,” said Brookside Junior Samuel Motta.
The five-hour event helped raise money to find a cure for Leukemia. It was held in memory of Kiersten Riegler, Principal Brian Riegler’s daughter, who passed away last year after being diagnosed with the disease. Dancing with classmates, coupled with the opportunity to throw whipped cream pies at school administrators contributed to the fun. The administrators who volunteered to be at the mercy of students were: Principal Riegler, Karla Christopher, Luis Correa and Angela Fink.Plans to make this an annual event are looking promising. Senior Class Presidents Carlos Catalan (Washington) and Denzel Washington (Brookside) worked with WHS Social Workers Robyn Aronin and Samantha Balbarin, to make the event happen this year.
Many hope “Dance to Give Them a Chance!” becomes a WHS tradition.