The Pace Academy Miracle Knights pose for a group photo. Photo: Blair Myers

As the school year winds down, the Miracle Knights are getting excited for some upcoming events. Miracle Knights is a club at Pace that supports the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, specifically the local Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA).

Pace is one of many high schools and colleges around the country that participates in raising money for these hospitals through Dance Marathon. Dance Marathon is when students get the chance to dance, mingle and hang out with patients and their families for anywhere from 8-40 hours at a stretch.

After the launch of the club last year under the leadership of former president and senior Canon Lynch, Pace hosted its very first Dance Marathon this past October. At the end of this school year and continuing into next year, the club will be hosting several fundraisers and events to make Dance Marathon bigger and better than ever. “Our mission is to try and make Dance Marathon something that the whole school looks forward to and wants to participate in every year,” said club president and junior Lily Wagoner.

In addition to events planned for the fall, on April 27 Miracle Knights will host a glow volleyball fundraiser in Boyd Gym from 4-6 p.m. Students from all grades are encouraged to participate and compete in a glow-in-the-dark volleyball game. All of the money raised from the entrance fees to play in the games will be donated to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Within the Miracle Knights club, one of the major goals is to meet specific fundraising targets. “This upcoming year we also want to try and double or even triple the amount of money that we raised last year,” said Wagoner. This year the club has raised over $5,000 for CHOA and next year they hope to raise over $10,000. Wagoner is confident that with the enthusiastic club members that is something that can definitely be achieved.

Another major goal for the Miracle Knights club is to try and make fundraising a school-wide competition. In addition, the club hopes to collaborate with other schools in the area. “We are in the process of inviting additional schools in the Buckhead area to participate in Miracle Knights with us,” said Wagoner.