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The Student News Site of Manheim Township High School

The Township Times

The Township Times

The Student News Site of Manheim Township High School

The Township Times

Mini-THON Gets Involved This Winter Season

Mini-THON at the Powderpuff game From left to right: Gabby Romano, Shelby Whittaker, Linh Tran, Alex Helm, Aubrey Barotti

Manheim Township’s Mini-THON was upgraded tremendously since the last school year. Just in November, the club has gotten the school more involved than it was last year at this time. 

On Nov. 3, Mini-THON hosted its first Powderpuff game since the beginning of COVID-19 and raised a total of $5,232 for childhood cancer. Powderpuff is an American high school tradition that began during WWII. Now, high schools all over the world participate in the fun and use the opportunity to raise money for the senior class, charity or a school event. It is played between junior and senior girls and is either a touch or flag football game with a running clock. It is usually held on the high school football team’s bye week and is treated like any other football game, but with fundraising. 

For the entirety of November, the club held a “No-Shave November” fundraiser. Ten teachers participated in the fundraiser, each with their own money-raising goal. Mr. Bair, Mr. Klopp, Mr. Aiello, Mr. Rutledge, Mr. Sneeringer, Mr. McCarthy, Mr. Jones, Mr. Robbins and Mr. Donmoyer participated in the fundraiser to bring in $452.52. Rutledge raised another $250 through donor drive, making the outcome of the event $702.52. 

On today, Dec. 16, there will be a bake sale hosted by Oregon Dairy, and members of the food committee along with Mini-THON in general will be providing the baked goods. 

On Dec. 22, Mini-THON will travel to Brecht Elementary in MT to spread the word about the club and what they stand for. They plan to play a few games with the kids and get them excited for the cause.

Additionally, the group has organized a combined fundraising event in collaboration with Warwick during the basketball game on Monday, Dec. 18. It is a regular in-season game, and the club will raise money through concessions. The theme for this game will be Gold Out.

The two other fundraisers coming up are the Showcase and the Snowball Dance. The Showcase will be hosted on Monday Jan. 15, and is an event where MT sports teams compete to raise the most money and perform a choreographed dance. Individual acts or teams of two can also sign up to “showcase” their talents.

The Snowball Dance, which will take place sometime this winter, will be Masquerade themed. The tickets will be $10, and it is just like a normal school dance. The money will go toward Mini-THON. 

The biggest thing that Mini-THON is preparing for is, of course, the main event. It will be a six-hour event, much like last year’s. 

“We will be working to make it a very enjoyable experience for everyone. We want to make it as spirited as we can. That is our main goal this year is to bring the spirit towards Mini-THON back up,” said senior Gabby Romano, one of the club’s overalls.

To be a part of Mini-THON’s main event, you have to raise $50 toward the program. 

“I think it’s just important to remember that…Mini-THON is [about] raising money for kids with cancer. It’s about doing something for someone who isn’t as fortunate…and this is one thing we can do to help them,” Romano said.


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Elizabeth Maurer, Staff writer
Elizabeth is a staff writer for The Township Times and is a sophomore at MT.

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