F-M students raise $94,000 for Camp Good Days and Special Times

Fayetteville-Manlius High School students recently spent 12 hours on the dance floor “for the kids” – or #FTK.

The school’s annual Dance Marathon fundraiser recently raised $94,000, which will help send more than 100 children affected by cancer to a special summer camp operated by Camp Good Days and Special Times.

The 28th annual 12-hour Dance Marathon fundraiser took place March 17 at F-M High School. The event featured student bands and performances, as well as games and activities. It was the final fundraiser for the campaign, which raises money to send children whose lives have been impacted by cancer to the camp, located on Keuka Lake.

Members of F-M High School’s student council organize the event each year and choose Dance Marathon MCs (masters of ceremony) after auditions earlier in the school year. While each student dancer is required to donate a minimum of $50 to participate in the event, many students raised much more, some by going door-to-door in the community to secure donations.

Donors were also able to make online contributions, and donations were made directly to Camp Good Days in the name of F-M. Local businesses also contributed to the student-driven campaign.

It costs about $800 to send a child to camp, and many students aim to meet or exceed that amount. Last year’s event raised $100,000 for the local organization.