In 2017–18, Dance Marathon students from six schools raised more than $340,000 for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital®. Photo by Steve Green.

Giving Back Starts Early

Published on January 30th, 2019 by Christina Echegaray.

Students in the community are taking part in activities to support Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. With programs for all school sizes, elementary through college-age students are organizing toy drives for the Red Wagon Project, organizing fundraising events, taking part in Extra Life gaming marathons and more. Student leaders also host schoolwide Miracle Network Dance Marathon events each year to raise money for Children’s Hospital. This year’s list of participating schools is growing to include Ensworth School, Franklin Road Academy, Kenwood High School, Ravenwood High School, Webb School, Vanderbilt University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technical University, Lipscomb University and Sewanee: The University of the South. As more schools join the nationwide, student-driven movement, these students give back while gaining leadership skills through service learning and peer-to-peer mentoring. For more information, contact Casey Stein at or 615-322-0226.