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F-M High School students dance for a cause

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Students at a local high school shake things up to raise money for some kids in need. Fayetteville-Manlius held its 12-hour dance marathon to benefit a camp that helps children who are sick or going through trying times. YNN's Carmella Mataloni shows us how organizers got things grooving this year.

ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- It's a two decade old tradition for students at Fayetteville-Manlius High School and it involves something everyone enjoys, dancing.

"Today we have dance marathon, which is a twelve hour event full of dancing, bouncy houses and food all for the high school students to come and it benefits Camp Good Days and Speical Times," said Kerry O'Connor, Senior Student Council President.

"After going to camp Good Days this summer, I realized how good it is for these kids to have the opportunity to go to camp so I just realized I loved to help out," said high school senior Alex Trop.

The camp helps children whose lives have been impacted by cancer and other life challenges. Through the years, this event has raised more than one million dollars for the camp. Last year, students raised $133,000 and they set the bar higher each year.

"Honestly, as much money as we possibly can. I will be happy with anything because a whole school raising a lot of money is just amazing," said high school senior Collin Purcell.

Students pay $50 to enter the marathon. Some donations also come from outside the school. In the past, the marathon would only involve dancing; but this year, students decided to spice it up a bit.

You can spend your time here in house one and dance. Or you can head over to house number two, where there is a carnival and a lot of fun.

Purcell said, "We realized not everyone wants to dance for 12 hours straight. There are some kids who want to blow off some steam in a bouncy house. So, why not have that option?"

Students said this event is something they look forward to every year; because not only is it for a good cause, it also brings the school together.

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