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Eastlake Middle School's 5th Annual 12 hour dance marathon for Autism Awareness

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EASTLAKE, OH (WOIO) -

On April 5, Eastlake Middle School and the supporting community will celebrate autism awareness month by holding its 5th Annual 12 hour dance marathon.

Over 175 6th-8th grade (11-14 year old) students (almost 40% of the school population!) have committed to dance and stand on their feet from 12 noon until midnight, without any breaks to sit down and rest, while learning more about autism.

Each student raised $60 or more in sponsorships to be a part of this amazing event.

All proceeds from the event go to International Center for Autism Research at Case Western Reserve University and Share A Vision, which is a charitable organization committed to providing outdoor recreational activities to children with autism.

Because of the students' hard work, over $12,000 has already been raised by these amazing young adults!

Adapted from Penn State's "Thon," which raises money to fight pediatric cancer, "Ness" was started in 2010 to create awareness of the prevalence of autism, while raising money to help find a cure.

Growing since its inception, the Autism AwareNESS dance-a-thon has raised over $35,000 for autism research and programming.

During the dance-a-thon, every hour will be kicked off with a song written and produced by students from the EMS student body with a line dance choreographed by students as well!

Other events during the day include a staff and student talent show, a formal dance lesson by Fred Astaire Dance Studio, and a limbo contest.

Additionally, presentations will be delivered by family members of people with autism, as well as other awareness activities, in order to help students understand autism from different perspectives.

Come to Eastlake Middle School on April 5 to show your support and be a part of this amazing, worthwhile, fun event!

Admission to the event is $1.00 for children, $2.00 for adult visitors and children under 5 are free.

Eastlake Middle School is located at 35972 Lakeshore Blvd., Eastlake, OH 44095.

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