Lincoln Students Raise Easter Seals Funds with Dancing

Deb Carroll has had children dance in her second grade class, but it wasn’t until she took on a project in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership program that she decided to enroll the whole school in dancing, and raising money for a good cause at the same time. The Chicago Daily Herald reports.


Wheaton Students Kick up their Heels for Charity

by M.J. Porter

Just six minutes of dancing was all it took for the students at Lincoln Elementary School in Wheaton to raise more than $800 to help others.

Deb Carroll of Aurora, a second-grade teacher at Lincoln, has seen the power of dance at work in her classroom for the last five years.

“I saw the benefit of taking a break and dancing in the morning,” she said. “So I thought we could create a break for the whole school.”

That’s how the more than 400 students from kindergarten through fifth grade took time out of class to begin dancing to Sister Sledge’s late 70s disco hit “We Are Family” and then start working on their cha-cha-cha steps.

Carroll said the funds will be donated to Easter seals of DuPage and Fox Valley, a not-for-profit agency that helps children with disabilities become more independent and that helps their families by providing support programs. For Carroll, the best part was the benefit to the students.

“It was so fun to see the smiles on the kids’ faces when they were dancing,” she said.

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