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Southdale Elementary holds dance marathon

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by Danielle Wagner

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) Each year, students at the University of Iowa in Iowa City organize the Dance Marathon to raise money for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

Friday, Southdale Elementary School in Cedar Falls took a cue from the college students and held its own dance marathon.

The cause is especially important to the teachers and students because one of their own is battling leukemia.

Music filled Southdale Elementary all day Friday. The students and teachers rotated through the cafeteria for a dance marathon. The dancing is the culmination of a week's worth of fundraising.

"The kids got to purchase a heart for $1, and they brought that each day throughout the week and they could hang that heart on the walls of the school," said teacher Shelley Schlatter.

All the money raised goes to the U of I Children's Hospital in Iowa City.

"For kids with cancer," said Benny Barnard.

Benny Barnard is a kindergartner at Southdale. He was diagnosed with ALL, which is a form of leukemia.

Teachers and students are dancing for Benny and every other child suffering from some type of illness.

Despite all the dancing, no matter what I tried, I couldn't get Benny to show me his moves.

"I cannot. No, no, no! Never," said Benny Barnard.

After a full day of dancing, the Southdale students raised more than $1200.

Teachers say this project is just the beginning of giving back.

"Southdale has started doing a service project each month. Something we can do once a month to look beyond our walls and help the community and world around us," said Shelley Schlatter.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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