Songs For Sam-a Winter Formal with a Purpose

Every year, the Penn Manor Serteen Club and FFA host the winter formal dance.  This is very similar to the homecoming dance, except that all the proceeds go to an individual, typically in the Penn Manor School District.

Last year, $800 was raised and given to Ron Reiss.  This year’s proceeds will go to Sam Bell, a senior who has lymphoma cancer, hence the name of the dance, Songs for Sam.

Songs for Sam will be held Saturday, Feb. 27.

“Serteen and FFA usually work together on this dance, but they’ll be working even closer this year because of Sam,” president-elect Stef Friedman said.

Serteen’s president, Kayla Pickle, explained that they put together a little challenge, with hopes of raising more money: each grade has a team of two people, one a serteen member, one an FFA member.  Each team has the goal to collect money, winning a prize if you collect the most.

The colors of the decorations will be purple and white, the colors for lymphoma (as seen by the purple ribbons on people’s backpacks throughout the school).

Dress for this dance is similar to that of homecoming.

“All we ask is no jeans,” said Pickle.

The two clubs hope to collect $1600 this year to give to Sam, with tickets costing $5 each and a teacher dress down day the day before the dance.

By Brittany Burke