It's the third annual Squan-a-Thon to raise money for children in our area with pediatric cancer.

Jessica Easton and Jenna Herrman (pictured) along with Lydia Condoluci and Luke Hayduck and more student committee members are running Manasquan High School's Squan-a-Thon and hoping to go well over the $100,000 they've already raised to give to local families with severe financial and emotional needs as their childred battle cancer.

The mission is to bring help and hope to families in Manasquan, Brielle, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, Belmar, and Avon, as teens from all of these towns attend Manasquan High School. The students say the subconscious mission is to challenge students to do something that would stretch their mental abilities and allow them to question whether or not they are truly doing all they can to help others.

Students pledge to raise money and stay awake and on their feet for 12 hours overnight beginning at 7 pm on Friday, March 2nd.  In the process, the student dancers are able to see how their altruism may positively impact not only the school community, but the lives of families whose own children share a classroom with them.

The event is planned and largely run entirely by a student committee of 30 - 40 senior students. The students have been able to learn valuable leadership skills as well as leave an impact and legacy on MHS, in addition to carrying on a new but lasting tradition at a school which prides itself on tradition.

You are invited to come to the school during Squan-a-Thon and watch the dancers and make a donation (or donate some food for the teens.) The students have been hard at work already to raise money. If you would like more information, you can call Manasquan High School at 732-528-8820 ext. 1669 and ask for student advisor Paul Battiglia.