I Am DM: Duing Push Day

By Cora Shefchik

Every school year, Loras College Dance Marathon (LCDM) does two Push Days. What is a Push Day? This is a 24-hour focus on raising awareness of the Miracle Kiddos and making as many miracles as possible. This semester’s theme was “I Am DM.”

“The theme was a throwback to DM10. Krista Weitz gave a speech that served as an inspiration to all. It was a call-and-response situation in which participants responded to each question with ‘I am’, showing people we are not alone and we are stronger together. Since DM15 is a legacy year we wanted to remember past years so we thought reusing the theme would help us remember how far we’ve come,” said senior Jamie Engelke, one of the co-president of DM.

Some of the “I am” statements that came out of this focus include; I Am a Duhawk, student, sister, Catholic, athlete, leader, future teacher, miracle maker, and I Am For The Kids. Not all of these relate directly to Dance Marathon, however, the point was for students to think, “What am I” and relate their answer to LCDM participants.

Throughout the 24 hours, LCDM had many different focuses. At 10 p.m. on Nov. 12, there was a kick off at LCDM Headquarters with a live video. At 8 a.m. the next day Duhawk Beanies went on sale at Headquarters. At 10 a.m. participants focused on why they participant in LCDM. At 2 p.m. there was free chips and queso sponsored by Carlos O’Kelly, and students were asked to focus on spreading kindness for World Kindness Day. At 4 p.m. there was a match hour of up to $1000 sponsored by the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which the participants met! At 6 p.m. LCDM had Bingo for fun Loras prizes. From 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. a Hall Crawl was organized to raise awareness of the Push Day and ask for donations. Then finally, at 10 p.m. Engelke and the other co-president, senior Madison Cline, and junior Finance Chair Brianna Kramer revealed the grand total for the 24-hours, $9,812.50.

LCDM would like to thank the sponsors, students or staff members that helped out or donated during the Fall Push Day; “I Am DM”. Stay tuned for upcoming events. Do not worry, if you were not able to buy a purple or grey Duhawk Beanie, there will be an online order form coming very soon, and a portion of your payment will still go towards our Miracle Families.

 If you would like to join the movement, you can email either Engelke or Cline for more information!

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