Pencils of Promise to host Dance-A-Thon to fundraise for education

Eastern Michigan University’s Pencils of Promise will host the second annual Dance-A-Thon: Monster Mash from 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday in the McKenny Hall Ballroom.

“Last year, the event quickly became one of my favorite memories at EMU, watching it all come together,” Adrienne Cruz, president of Pencils of Promise, said. “So many of our students doing something they love [and] to support a cause they really care for really struck me. And the music was amazing.”

This year, Pencils of Promise has partnered with The Honors College to bring an event full of dancing, games and treats for the Ypsilanti community to enjoy. Donations will go to Pencils of Promise to help build schools around the world and inspire children to learn.

“Both of our organizations have a lot to offer this event, from experience to manpower to new ideas—everything to make a successful collaboration,” Cruz said. “And, I'm so grateful that it's all coming together. The Honors teams have really stepped up to help out PoP in terms of marketing, decorations, games and support of this event in general.”

PoP’s theme for this year’s event is Monster Mash. With free admission, the dance competition is set for contestants to dance the night away accompanied by music for the Halloween spirit. Contestants can also change the songs through a $5 donation.

The competition is about endurance and not skill. Contests will be competing for the title of “Last One Standing.” The title is meant for those who out-dance everyone at the event. With breaks in-between, the winner of having the most time clocked in will receive a grand prize and a trophy. EMU professors will serve as special guest judges.

Organizations, groups and teams across campus can also win a prize by having the most members in attendance.

The Honors College will be hosting games such as corn hole, coloring, face painting and pumpkin painting. Student Government will sponsor food and drinks.

Students can earn LBC credit for attending.

“Students will have the opportunity to learn about the global education crisis and what we can do about it,” Cruz said. “There are over 250 million children in the world who do not have access to quality education and Pencils of Promise's goal is to provide them with a means to do so by building schools and communities in countries like Ghana, Guatemala and Laos.”

You can find more information about events and the organization on social media sites at Pencils of Promise at EMU.


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