Winters Mill High School will hold its first annual Mini-THON on Friday, May 10, 2019, from 6:00 -11:30 p.m. The event is being sponsored by the school’s National Honor Society to raise money to help conquer childhood cancer.
This is the first Mini-THON in Carroll County and is a smaller version of Penn State's THON. Mini-THON is part of the organization Four Diamonds whose mission is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children and their families. They cover 100 percent of all medical expenses related to cancer care not covered by insurance for eligible children and have helped over 4,000 children and families at Penn State Hospital. https://www.fourdiamonds.org/
Mini-THONs are fun, interactive events that schools hold as the celebration of yearlong efforts to raise money to conquer childhood cancer through the Four Diamonds organization. During the evening, students will participate in a series of activities including basketball games, an escape room, sports tournaments, cupcake decorating, miniature golf, and a coffeehouse. The events will be run by numerous clubs and organizations at Winters Mill.
The idea of hosting a Mini-THON was brought to the school’s principal, Mr. Michael Brown, last summer by Will Wilt, vice president of the Winters Mill National Honor Society. According to Kristin Cavey, a school counselor and the National Honor Society advisor at Winters Mill, “We decided to jump on board because it is such a worthwhile cause and because of what we knew it could do for our school as far as culture building and providing leadership opportunities for our students. I’ve seen firsthand how it has strengthened our community partnerships.”
Students and staff have worked hard to make this event a success and hope to make it an annual tradition. Francis Scott Key High School NHS advisor Alethea Miller and her students are supporting the event by providing over 700 bottles of water for students. Some of their members will attend the Mini-THON and will run the concessions. Bill Vandegrift, consulting teacher, helped to create events that high school students will enjoy and procured many materials needed for the evening.