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Published: Friday, April 27, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Monroe school rises to a challenge, raises $20,000

  • Chain Lake Elementary teachers Dianne Reed (left), Kristi Clopp (center left), former teacher and emcee Kim Gee (center right) and Marlene Roth (right...

    Annie Mulligan / For The Herald

    Chain Lake Elementary teachers Dianne Reed (left), Kristi Clopp (center left), former teacher and emcee Kim Gee (center right) and Marlene Roth (right) receive cheers from students after their participation in a dance competition Thursday morning. Teachers boogied after students met a challenge and raised $23,000 for their school.

  • Chain Lake Elementary teachers Bridget Morrison (left) and Sandra Monson put on their dancing shoes during a teacher dance-off at the school in Monroe...

    Annie Mulligan / For The Herald

    Chain Lake Elementary teachers Bridget Morrison (left) and Sandra Monson put on their dancing shoes during a teacher dance-off at the school in Monroe. Chain Lake's principal promised the dance competition if students raised $20,000 during a walkathon. The students ended up raising $23,000.

  • Teachers Christy Wilhelm (from left), Colleen Zimmerman, Traci Heim and Marlene Roth take part in the dance-off.

    Teachers Christy Wilhelm (from left), Colleen Zimmerman, Traci Heim and Marlene Roth take part in the dance-off.

  • Chain Lake Elementary kindergarteners Madison Smith, Erik Velis, Wyatt Ducoing and Tanner Summers cheer in hopes of winning raffle prizes during a sch...

    Annie Mulligan / For The Herald

    Chain Lake Elementary kindergarteners Madison Smith, Erik Velis, Wyatt Ducoing and Tanner Summers cheer in hopes of winning raffle prizes during a school assembly Thursday morning in Monroe. Chain Lake students gathered to watch a teacher dance-off after raising $23,000 for their school.

MONROE -- The 26 teachers at Chain Lake Elementary School were all smiles when they lined up in front of the students seated on the gym floor for a school assembly.
The teachers started to dance, swiveling their hips to Chubby Checker's "The Twist."
The students clapped and screamed. Some even stood and began twisting, too.
The outbreak of dancing was the answer to a challenge from the school's principal: If the kids were able to raise more than $20,000 for the school and the teachers would have to compete in a dance-off.
"It was fun to look at the teachers dance like crazy and the students cheering for them," said fifth-grader Molly Addicott, 11. "I think everyone worked harder to see their teacher dance."
The teachers were first sorted by their twisting skills. Those left standing got their zombie on, showing their moves to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
Three teachers were left.
The students then cheered second-grade teacher Marlene Roth as the winner.
Her students were proud and happy that she won. Roth enjoys dancing and said the challenge was a good incentive for the students to raise money.
"It gave the opportunity to children to learn how to do fundraisers for a cause greater than themselves," Roth said.
The students participated early this month in a walkathon to raise money for support materials that will be used in math and reading classes. The money also will pay for four amplification systems to help teachers communicate with students using a wireless microphone.
The goal was to raise $12,000. The students raised more than $23,000.
As a special treat for their hard work, four students won lunch today with Monroe firefighters, including a chance to ride in a fire truck.
The dance-off challenge idea came from Principal Gina Anderson. Teachers had danced at another assembly that marked the start of the fundraiser.
"It was in a spur of the moment," Anderson said. "The kids wanted more."
She told the students that the teachers would dance again, but only if students raised more than $20,000.
The students got cash pledges from family and others in the community.
The new microphone systems benefit everyone.
"It makes it easier to hear if you are in the back of the class," said fifth-grader Hannah Comer, 11, whose classroom already uses one of the systems.
Dancing was a good way to get the whole school moving to the same beat.
"It was fun to see the teachers dance," said first-grade teacher Verity Hiskey. "It's something we don't ordinarily do."
Alejandro Dominguez: 425-339-3422; adominguez@heraldnet.com.


Story tags » DanceMonroe School DistrictChain Lake Elementary

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