Smyth County

Marion students raise $7,800 for babies

MARION, Va. - A school in Southwest Virginia is doing their part to help the March of Dimes Foundation.

1,800 balloons were released on Friday in honor of Marion Intermediate School's goal of raising more than $7,800 for the March of Dimes.    

This marks the school's seventh year for raising the most money than any other school across the state of Virginia.   

'March for Babies' is the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that benefits babies that are born in Virginia.

"The kids get really excited about the March of Dimes. They ask me at the beginning of the year, ‘When are we doing the March of Dimes?' They love raising the money for the babies. Even our special needs children chip in, pitch in and just love helping out the babies," said Diane Hanna, a physical education teacher.

Each student who sold a balloon had a chance to win a prize.    

The first place prize was tickets to Dollywood.

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