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Editor's Voice: Down on today's youth? Look what they did now

Posted 3/26/13

Before you launch into another diatribe about how detached and self-centered today’s youth seem to be, consider this: Students in the Middletown and Lower Dauphin school districts raised nearly $100,000 this past weekend for children battling …

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Editor's Voice: Down on today's youth? Look what they did now

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Three local schools held their annual Mini-THONs, modeled after the monster dance marathon-fundraiser for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State’s main campus.

Middletown Area High School students raised $16,154.55, about $5,000 more than their goal. Lower Dauphin High School students, whose THON is older, raised $60,304.58. And students at South Hanover Elementary School raised $18,425.63 in an after-school THON.

That’s nearly $95,000 over the weekend of Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23.

Still convinced that today’s generation just doesn’t care?

So how much did you raise for charity when you were in school?

The amount of money raised for such a worthy cause is amazing. What’s even more amazing is that the total has grown even during tough economic times. It’s proof that students are putting a tremendous effort into it – when they could find many, many other ways to waste that time.

Their commitment is inspiring.

Penn State’s THON, which has raised more than $89 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, is such an inspiration that it has given birth to something of a franchise. Schools like Middletown and Lower Dauphin now emulate the compassion and duty to the less fortunate in life that the IFC/Panhellenic-sponsored event showcases. It brings out the best in everyone – the dancers, the organizers – those who give to the cause in any way.

It is exciting to see our youth so committed to helping others.

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