Kevin Dougherty, Jay MacDowell
2016 marks the fourth year of New Hope-Solebury High School’s “mini-thon.” The mini-thon is based off of Penn State’s THON, which raises money for the Four Diamonds Foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research. The mini-thon at New Hope has been raising more and more money each year: starting with $5,000 the first year it was held, growing to $6,000 the second year, and then doubling to $12,000 last year. This year we, as a school, are looking to raise over $15,000 for pediatric cancer with our mini-thon.
After the student government released the date that our mini-thon will be held, this figure began to seem much harder to reach. “January 20 at 7 p.m. to January 21 at 7 a.m.,” Anthony Lagana, the student government president, announced, as some murmurs were heard from the audience at the assembly. The majority of these murmurs were from the junior class, who knew that the given date was likely not going to work. Many students were scheduled to take the SAT on Jan. 21 at 8 a.m., so obviously this date wouldn’t work for them. The announcement created a slight outrage among the junior class, as this once-a-year opportunity to raise money for pediatric cancer and have a great time with THON teammates was vanishing.
The student government heard the junior class’s complaints and took action. They looked into changing the date of mini-thon and were finally able to settle on pushing it to the following night, Jan. 21 into Jan. 22, and got it approved. The generosity of the student government to listen to the junior class’ complaints and take action will hopefully result in this year’s mini-thon raising more money than ever “for the kids.”