Students from Western Dubuque, Beckman Catholic and Cascade high schools are again dancing together to raise money for students at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. The dance marathon is planned for 7-10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 18 at Western Dubuque High School, with the community welcome from 7-9 p.m. and students continuing until 10:30 p.m.

Chris and Tess Williams, Lexie Recker and Wil Roling are slated to speak, and Kelsie Manna made a video.

Western Dubuque’s Megan Maahs, Beckman’s Becca Kennedy and Cascade’s Lynsey Dolphin are point organizers at their respective schools. The event will also include raffles, a candlelit service and a performance by a student band, Waking Marvin.

Fundraising buckets are available in the community, and students raised money through t-shirt sales. Quizno’s will give a $1 donation per large sub sandwich ordered on March 13, and Maahs Service is offering a $5 donation per oil change until March 18. Admission is $5, and sponsorships are $25.

Students plan to continue rotating the fundraiser between the three high schools. Last year, the first such event was held at Cascade.

In conjunction with the Children’s Miracle Network, dance marathons have been organized on campuses and in communities across America to help out families whose children are being treated or hospitalized.

Maas said that those interested in donating can do so by dropping off a donation at Western Dubuque High School or calling to make arrangements.

“I’m looking forward to everyone from the community coming out to dance for the kids,” Maahs said.