Hanover school holds annual dance-a-thon

February 1, 2018 by  

On a recent Friday night in Hanover, students donned pink T-shirts, painted their faces, and got ready to dance the night away.

The students were participating in the 2018 For Emma Dance-a-Thon, an annual event set up to raise money for the Emma Martinez Memorial Scholarship. Each year, a high school senior at Hanover High School is given the scholarship. Students who qualify for the award excel in all areas, including athletics, academics, and extracurriculars.

The organizers of fundraisers often ask local businesses, including local printing companies, for support and to contribute the supplies needed to host the event. The For Emma Dance-a-Thon partnered with a few local businesses, including Utz, which provided snacks.

The dance-a-thon was created in honor of Emma Martinez, a graduate of Hanover High School.

One of the recipients of the scholarship, Taylor Hahn, has been participating in the dance-a-thon since she was a fifth grade student, and received the award in 2013. Hahn attended Slippery Rock University and told the Hanover Evening Sun that the scholarship she received was a big financial help.

According to Donna Martinez, Emma’s mother, the annual fundraiser usually brings in around $2,500. Donations are still being accepted for the fund and will be until April. Those who want to donate can send check or cash made out to the Emma Martinez Memorial Scholarship to the Hanover Public School District’s business office.