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JonaTHONs

 

Each year, HuskyTHON inspires UConn students to get up and dance. They dance for the laughter, for the tears, for the memories, for the miracles, and for the kids. And while they dance, they raise hundreds of thousands of dollars every year for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. But what if it wasn’t just UConn students dancing?

 

We are excited to bring HuskyTHON to schools all over the state through our JonaTHONs program.Our committee of dedicated students will work directly with schools to bring awareness to HuskyTHON and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and help them plan their own fundraisers or even mini marathons! High school, middle school and even elementary school students, with the help of their teachers and advisors, get to plan their events from start to finish while learning valuable lessons and having tons of fun along the way!

 

 

 

We hope that you’ll take the time to look at everything JonaTHONs have to offer and consider joining the program! This is more than just a way to raise money or to make HuskyTHON a household name. It’s a way to bring a fun and exciting event to your schools and build school spirit. It’s motivation for your students to be a part of something big and to give them perspective of the world around them. Most importantly, it’s kids helping kids to make the world a better place. And there is something truly special about that.

 

 

 Participating Schools

Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary School

The Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary School has participated in the JonaTHONs program since HuskyTHON 2016. Their Health Fair contributed an impressive $508 toward the HuskyTHON 2017 total, and we cannot wait to see what great things they have in store for the coming year!

Newington High School

Newington High School's Student Council has hosted a variety of fundraisers to benefit Connecticut Childrens since HuskyTHON 2015. This year, they were able to raise $1,060 for the kids! It’s always a pleasure working with the incredible students at NHS and we are can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for them.

Coventry High School

Coventry High School has participated in the JonaTHONs program since its inception for HuskyTHON 2015. Each year they host a Tournament Night that encourages students to participate in a variety of athletic tournaments including dodgeball, basketball, ping-pong, and more! We are thrilled to report that this year they raised $1,300 for the kids! They even sent some students to participate in all 18 hours of HuskyTHON!

Plantsville Elementary School

Plantsville Elementary School has been a part of this program since its inception for HuskyTHON 2015. Each year, the 5th graders of Plantsville work together to plan and organize Fox-a-THON, their mini-marathon. This incredible school has actually built Fox-a-THON into their curriculum, which speaks volumes to the passion and dedication these students put into making each event better than the last. This year, they raised $2,500 for the kids, and we could not be more proud of them!

Farmington High School

Farmington High School has been a part of the JonaTHONs program since HuskyTHON 2016. Their SpiriTHON raised an amazing $3,720 this year for the kids at Connecticut Children’s! They are already hard at work for SpiriTHON 2018 and we are so excited to see how their hard work pays off!

South Windsor High School

South Windsor For The Kids (SWFTK) was created by HuskyTHON’s own Nicki Cartier as her senior project in 2014. Since then, it has grown into Connecticut’s largest high school dance marathon, contributing an unprecedented $7,047 to HuskyTHON 2017. The passion these students have for this cause is absolutely contagious, and we are sure they will go on breaking records for HuskyTHON 2018!

 

-Frequently Asked Questions-

What is HuskyTHON?

HuskyTHON is a year-long philanthropic effort at the University of Connecticut to raise funds and awareness for Connecticut Children's Medical Center, a Children's Miracle Network Hospital. This effort culminates in an 18-hour dance marathon in February, where thousands of UConn students come together to dance for those who can't. HuskyTHON is entirely student-run and our Management Team of 28 undergraduate student leaders is working tirelessly to make HuskyTHON 2018 better than ever before.

 

HuskyTHON is one of the top 10 dance marathons in the country and the largest Children's Miracle Network Dance Marathon in the Northeast. In the last 18 years, HuskyTHON has raised over $3.5 million for Connecticut Children's Medical Center, making it the second largest fundraiser for the hospital. HuskyTHON 2017 raised $836,174.52 and we hope that 2018 will be even more successful.

What is the JonaTHONs program?

The JonaTHONs Program was created for HuskyTHON 2015 to involve schools all over Connecticut in our efforts to raise both funds and awareness for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center! Our JonaTHONs committee works with students to plan and host events or fundraisers at their schools, ranging from $1 Pajama Days to their very own mini marathons!

How does it work?

Just contact our Co-Directors of JonaTHONs to get started! There are no fees or requirements to be a part of the program - all you need is some excited and motivated students, an advisor, and permission from the school! If you have your own idea for an event or need ideas for something that will work for your school, our committee will be there to help every step of the way to make it happen.

I don't know if we can participate for 2018, but what if I'm interested for next year?

No problem! Feel free to contact us anyway for more information on how to get started and we can start working with you now to help set up something in the future. HuskyTHON is a year-long fundraiser, so we're always looking ahead!

Are there any restrictions on schools that can participate?

Nope! We are happy to work with any school that expresses interest in the program. Whether we are working with elementary schools, middle schools, or high schools, we will find an event that is appropriate for your students. As long as there is a teacher or faculty member willing to serve as the advisor and the school has given permission for us to work with you, we'll be there every step of the way!

What kind of resources do you offer?

We have many resources from Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, from fundraising ideas to workbooks for planning mini marathons. We also have dozens of dedicated UConn students who have a vast range of experiences in event planning, fundraising, recruitment, and communications who will be working with schools to plan the best events possible!

What is a mini-marathon?

If your school is interested in planning a mini marathon, our Co-Directors of JonaTHONs will work closely with students and faculty alike to help get your event started. The structure and details for a mini marathon may vary greatly from school to school, but HuskyTHON will work to help create the event that works best for you and your students.

Why should our school participate in the JonaTHONs program?

Our program is a great way for your students to get involved with a cause that they may feel passionately about. Many of your students may have friends or siblings that have been to Connecticut Children's Medical Center, and may even have been patients there themselves. Working with our JonaTHONs program is a great way to give back and to raise awareness for the children who rely on fundraisers like HuskyTHON. It is also a great way for your students to gain valuable experience outside of the classroom and have a ton of fun planning a great event!

To show our thanks, your school will be featured on our website for all our visitors to see. Your students will also be invited to HuskyTHON to present their check in front of thousands of UConn students!

If you are interested in getting your school involved with JonaTHONs, have any questions, or would like more information, please contact our Co-Directors of JonaTHONs.

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