By Jericka Duncan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Students from Philadelphia’s Walter D. Palmer Learning Leadership Partners Charter School danced the night away.

More than 200 students, grades 3-12 participated in a dance marathon Friday night to Saturday morning. The goal is to raise money for childhood diabetes.

Executive Director Tonya Harris says collectively, students raised about $1,300. The money goes to the American Diabetes Association.

“It’s important for schools and communities to involve the whole child,” said Harris. “We believe in the holistic approach of making sure students are healthy academically and physically,” remarked Harris.

Event sponsors include the Live Fit Coalition, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the American Diabetes Association. The winner of the dance marathon takes home $200.

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