Jazzercise students raise funds for Cleveland Foodbank

Since 2003, the Jazzercise students of instructor Mary Beth McCann have spent the holiday season raising money for worthy causes. In past years, the students raised money for needy families through the MetroHealth Foundation and Malachi House.

This year, McCann asked her students to nominate their favorite charities and vote to determine which would be the recipient of this year’s drive. The clear winner was the Cleveland Foodbank.

McCann uses several tactics to engage her students in raising money. A $20 donation enables a student to request a favorite routine for that week’s class. For $25, a student can request that her least favorite routine be dropped for the week. For $10, students can purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win three months of Jazzercise classes, and McCann stages a “Bag-A-Buck” day when one student volunteers to wear reindeer ears and other students drop $1 into the holiday bag she holds during class. 

This year, McCann addressed the Foodbank’s need for peanut butter by giving students extra credit on their class attendance cards towards a free T-shirt when they brought in a jar of peanut butter.

McCann is proud of the generosity of her students. The donations provided 75 jars of donated peanut butter and $2,690 for the Cleveland Foodbank.

Heights Observer


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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 3:56 PM, 01.03.2012