South Glens Falls marathon dancers undeterred by snow

March 02, 2018 06:20 PM

SOUTH GLENS FALLS - Marathon Friday is typically the biggest school day of the year at South High. Students rehearse their routines and finish setting up, adding punctuation to plans that have been in the works since the dance ended last March.

But lo and behold, the white stuff came down, snuffing out "red and blue day." Marathon Friday is a chance for students to dress up in their craziest outfits to show their red and blue school colors.

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Kids were hoping school wouldn't be cancelled.

"Yeah, that's the first time. First time I didn't want a snow day," said Allie Myott, a student chairperson of the dance.

"I woke up, my alarm went off, I look over and I saw snow day and I was like, 'Oh no,' but we're so ahead of schedule this year, so it was totally fine," said Brooklynn Paris.

"No, I was not hoping for a snow day today. At first, I was upset but then the spirit, I could see it all over social media still," said Katiya Beshara, a member of the decorating committee.

Because of the snow day, it was much quieter around South High Friday afternoon. Crews were plowing and sanding to make sure the 800 dancers and their families and the 42 people and organizations they're raising money for can be a part of the festivities.

The names of those being helped hang from the ceiling outside the gym. The kids raised $823,000 last year. It's amazing for a school with just over 900 students in grades 9 through 12.

This year, there are unspoken hopes that they'll reach the $1 million mark.

"The community wants to break records. The community, any involvement, they want to do better than they did before. So that's really the impetus to breaking records," said Tom Myott, an art teacher and adviser of the South High Marathon Dance since 1993.

The kids started dancing at 7 p.m. Friday. It wraps up at 10:30 Saturday night in an emotional ceremony where the exhausted students come together with the recipients to let them know how much they've raised.

Organizers say visitors to the South High Marathon Dance should expect to have their bags searched this year as part of new safety and security protocol.

More information:

South High Marathon Dance donations

South High Marathon Dance live feed

South High Marathon Dance website


Mark Mulholland

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