In its first seven years, Deep Run High School’s Marathon Dance has become a Henrico County phenomenon, as well as a fundraising juggernaut.
Last year, the student-run function broke the $1 million mark in funds raised for community groups since the dance’s 2007 inception. It now ranks No. 2 nationally in fundraising for such events. Hundreds of participating students check in on a Friday night and dance for charity, leaving 27 hours later. The participants take breaks and have the option to sleep for two hours.
Four years ago as a nervous third-grader, Aditya Kannoth stepped to the microphone at Wilder Middle School and quietly started a dynasty.
Kannoth correctly spelled the word "unenforceable" to win the Henrico County Spelling Bee in the ninth round, outlasting nearly 60 other students representing each of the county's elementary and middle schools.
The following year, at Hungary Creek Middle School, Kannoth spelled "exhilarated" correctly to repeat as the county champion in a 15-round bee.
Last year at Hungary Creek, Kannoth spelled "immaculate" in the 13th round to win his third consecutive title.
But he wasn't done yet.
Fairfield Middle School’s Do Something Club is trying to raise awareness in the Henrico community about youth homelessness and the physical, emotional, social and academic impact of homelessness.
The Do Something Club has once again partnered with Aeropostale for the national "TEENS FOR JEANS" drive. The club is collecting jeans of any size and color to be donated to a local homeless shelter. Every person that makes a donation will receive a 25 percent discount on a new pair of jeans at Aeropostale.
Six Korean students from Yangju City, South Korea, attended J.R. Tucker High School for a week in January, staying with host families from the Center for World Languages Specialty Center at Tucker. The South Korean city is linked with Henrico County in a sister-city relationship and was visited by former Henrico County Public Schools Superintendent Fred Morton and School Board member Diana Winston in 2008.
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