There was dancing in the Westfield Public School District as students held dance marathons and other events to raise money for charitable causes.

At McKinley Elementary School, students in grades 1 through 5 danced for 2 ½ hours on May 23 in support of leukemia/pediatric cancer research, raising a record $14,109.46 at the 7th Annual McKinley-THON.  Organized by teachers Christina Toulios, Alexandra Urso and Stephanie Willis, all proceeds from the dance marathon will benefit the Karyn Research Fund which is named for a former McKinley teacher’s daughter who lost her battle with leukemia. Additionally, the school collected $2,287 from its Pennies for Patients campaign, a program offered through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Nearby there was more dancing at Westfield High School on May 11 as the second annual Dance Marathon raised more than $6,700 for Children's Specialized Hospital. Hosted by the WHS Community Service Club, this year's dance marathon effort brings the two year total raised to more than $12,000.

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Club adviser Warren Hynes thanked the many local businesses who donated food and praised student club members for organizing the popular event.  

"The students enjoyed an evening of fellowship, dancing, games, eating, and even pies in the faces of favorite teachers," said Hynes.

The Student Government Association at Edison Intermediate School recently ran “Patriot Donation 2018” for the Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home, collecting nearly 500 toiletry items for the veterans.

“Westfield students and staff have charitable hearts,” said Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan.  “I continue to be humbled by their generosity and proud of the examples they set each and every day.”