Do it For the Kids!

Happy Friday, Hope College! I hope this week went by fast for you and the next few do for you too, it’s almost Spring Break!!

As you all probably know, there’s only a week until Dance Marathon! I truly can’t wait for the freshmen class to experience this awesome event for the first time. I know that last year when I was a freshman, I had no idea what to expect, but by the time it was over, it was one of my favorite events of the year.

Last year, I participated in Dance Marathon as a dancer – that means a full 24 hours on my feet dancing and raising my goal for fundraising! It was a great experience, but one I unfortunately couldn’t swing this year. So instead, this year I will be participating as a moraler. This means I’ll only be required to stay at the marathon for an eight hour shift to support the dancers. Even though I’m only REQUIRED to spend eight hours moraling, I’ll most likely spend a lot more time there since there are so many fun events that make the marathon worth being at!

Both dancers and morales (and anyone else that is involved with Dance Marathon) have the opportunity to raise as much money as they can for the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Last year Hope raised $139,041.13 – an amazing new record! In addition to raising money, organizations through Hope, such as Volunteer Services and certain sororities and fraternities, sponsor children that have been or are still going through Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Last year since I was on Dykstra Hall’s team, I got to help sponsor Riley Jo – the cutest little girl with the greatest personality!

This is Riley Jo! I believe Dykstra Hall will be dancing for her again this year. She's the sweetest and her and her family both love being involved with Dance Marathon!
This is Riley Jo! I believe Dykstra Hall will be dancing for her again this year. She’s the sweetest and her and her family both love being involved with Dance Marathon!

If you’re involved with Dance Marathon this year – great! Keep raising that money and prepare your bodies for a great 24 hours. If you aren’t involved – that’s ok! Anyone is welcome to go and watch the marathon at any time in the Dow next Friday, March 7th-8th. It starts at 5pm and ends the next day at 5pm. There are different events like a lip sync competition between teams, and different theme hours throughout the night so make sure to come on out and watch!

Hope to see you all there next week!  Until next time, readers.

Published by Mikaila Bisson

Hi there! I'm a Hope Senior from Sterling Heights, Michigan (about 45 minutes North of Detroit). I'm an English major with a Creative Writing emphasis (fitting), and have a Business minor. I'm super active in Hope life. I am a Student Ambassador, the Senior Treasurer on the Executive Board of Nykerk, and was involved in Orientation as an AD. I also work on campus at the Career Development Center as a Career Advisor, and at Hope's Physical Plant. I love playing any kind of sport (soccer's my favorite!), have a weakness for shoes, eat dessert twice a day, read like its my job, am currently watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix, and have a passion for Golden Retrievers. Contact me at mikaila.bisson@hope.edu because I'd love to hear from any and everyone. Also feel free to follow my super trendy Instagram account at @miktroubleee or my equally as trendy, even more Hope-filled Twitter account at @hopemikaila17 .

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