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SHMD goes on at Six Flags Great Escape; students raise money for 24 recipients and organizations

April 30, 2021

SHMD 2021Wearing colorful outfits and dancing their hearts out at Six Flags Great Escape — despite the COVID-19 pandemic and a variety of restrictions — South Glens Falls High School students took part in the 44th annual South High Marathon Dance on Friday, April 30.

SHMD raised a significant amount of money for local families and charities this year. The total amount, $506,013.13 was announced during the Marathon’s closing ceremony. Over the course of the 44-year history of the dance, the students and community have raised more than $9 million.

The total for this year’s dance follows months of work, fundraising, and a 15-hour dance marathon. The money will benefit 24 recipients—both individuals and organizations from South Glens Falls and neighboring areas.

“It really is about relationships in schools. It’s about relationships we make with each other… and the community,” said Superintendent of Schools Kristine Orr. Orr thanked Six Flags Great Escape for their partnership in making the dance a success. She also thanked the students for their flexibility and responsibility this year conforming to all of the changes, including masks, scheduling and more.

This year Maddie King was the top student fundraiser, who raised $9,450, among many other students who raised thousands of dollars. In addition to the students, scores of local businesses held fundraisers for the community, which added thousands to the total amount raised.

This year’s recipients include:

  • The family of Todd Ash
  • The family of Alyssa Bessey
  • The family of Jerry Brauser
  • The family of Arthur Coon
  • The family of Tammy Corbett
  • The family of Jakob French
  • The family of Sophia Glans
  • The family of Finn Herringshaw
  • The family of Kelly Moore
  • The family of Christina Perry
  • The family of Cara Rumrill
  • The family of Kaitlin Valla
  • The family of Shane Walsh
  • Alzhiemer Association
  • American Red Cross of NENY
  • Angel Names Association
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Cancer Center Community Crusader
  • Jeanne Feline Corp
  • Moreau Community Center
  • Adopt A Soldier
  • Rebuilding Together Saratoga County
  • Saratoga Center for the Family
  • South Glens Falls Kindness Closet

The dance itself, which was streamed live at, began in 1978. The event has progressed from a small dance in the high school gym to an event that brings the entire community together.

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