Franklin Regional students solicit donations for 4th annual Sloan Dance-a-Thon
The Sloan Parent-Teacher Organization hopes to raise $18,000 through its fourth-annual Sloan Elementary Dance-a-Thon on Oct. 20.
“The kids just get really excited about it,” said Sloan PTO publicity chairwoman Natalie Swensson.
The Dance-a-Thon — where students will raise pledges, solicit online donations and get a chance to dance the day away during recess to the sounds of a local DJ — serves as the PTO's primary fundraiser, helping subsidize the cost of field trips, assemblies, Science Olympiad and other events.
“Because there's so much stuff coming home (from school) for parents, we try to have this one big thing so we're not dinging people all year for donations,” Swensson said.
On average, the Sloan PTO spends about $60 per student during the school year for things like the Fifth Grade Farewell, Family Fun Nights and other events.
To make things easier for parents as well as potential corporate sponsors, for the second year donations can be made online at SloanDAT2017.mydagsite.com .
“People don't like writing checks anyway,” Swensson said. “The easier we can make it, the better.”
In addition to raising money, the another goal is to make things fun for students. Swensson said her son is a huge fan of the dancing aspect of the Dance-a-Thon.
“He brought home the DJ's business card one year and was like, ‘Mom we need to get this DJ, like, for our house,'” she said with a laugh.
For more, see SloanPTO.com .
Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862.