Tate's School students hold dance-a-thon for Children's Hospital

Tate's School students hold dance-a-thon for Children's Hospital

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Hopping, running, spinning, gyrating children took part in a dance-a-thon all for a good cause. Hopping, running, spinning, gyrating children took part in a dance-a-thon all for a good cause.
"Today we'll have 160 students dancing to raise money for East Tennessee Children's Hospital," said Tate's School Executive Director Chris Strevel. "Today we'll have 160 students dancing to raise money for East Tennessee Children's Hospital," said Tate's School Executive Director Chris Strevel.
At last count, the Tate's School dance-a-thon raised more than $3,700 for Children's Hospital. At last count, the Tate's School dance-a-thon raised more than $3,700 for Children's Hospital.
"Our good friend Zach, we just want to help him and other kids with blood problems," said fifth grader Blaine Dolin. "Our good friend Zach, we just want to help him and other kids with blood problems," said fifth grader Blaine Dolin.
And while the younger children were content to sort of move to the music, the older ones had definite moves like Jagger. And while the younger children were content to sort of move to the music, the older ones had definite moves like Jagger.

By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - There are few things that compare to the joy of children laughing. Even the coldest heart can be thawed by a well placed giggle from a child.

Recently 6 News visited Tate's School in West Knoxville and not only got laughter, but laughter for a good cause.

Tate's School in West Knoxville has been around since 1968, but recently they celebrated a first.

Hopping, running, spinning, gyrating children took part in a dance-a-thon all for a good cause.

"Today we'll have 160 students dancing to raise money for East Tennessee Children's Hospital," said Tate's School Executive Director Chris Strevel.

For a solid hour, these children rocked the house. And with every step and misstep, a few more dollars went into the donation jars to help the hospital. It's character-building disguised as fun.

So, which is more important the fun or the good cause?

"Good cause, because our good friend Zach, we just want to help him and other kids with blood problems," said fifth grader Blaine Dolin.

And while the younger children were content to sort of move to the music, the older ones had definite moves like Jagger, or was it that guy from South Korea?

Conner Kelly said he had been practicing for the event.

"Yeah, a lot of dancing," Kelly said. "I may do the Dougie or some Gangnam style, stuff like that."

Gangnam style or the Dougie, it didn't really matter to these kids. They were having fun and helping others.

"It's children helping children. It's their way of giving back. Our scouts our rally scouts made the collection jars. They've made signage. The children are giving from their own pockets as well as their parents, so it is about community and giving," said Strevel.

And it is also about the Spirit of East Tennessee..

At last count, the Tate's School dance-a-thon raised more than $3,700 for Children's Hospital.


If you know someone who you believe is an example of the Spirit of East Tennessee, e-mail me at gpatterson@wate.com.

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