On Friday, April 26, from 3:00-6:00 PM, Benchmark will hold its 5th Annual student-led Mini-THON® to raise money to benefit children fighting cancer! 

What is a Four Diamonds Mini-THON®?

Four Diamonds Mini-THONs are fun-filled events for students of all ages which inspire teamwork, leadership, and creativity while empowering young people through philanthropy and service in the fight to conquer childhood cancer. Mini-THONs benefit Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. It is a  fun-filled, multi-hour event modeled after the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON™). 

On Friday, April 26, students who have registered for Mini-THON® will participate in a variety of activities, including sporting events, snacking, dancing, and games. The only requirement is that students stay on their feet for the entire 3 hours. Click here to learn more about Four Diamonds. 

We look forward to this terrific opportunity for our school community to come together for a great cause and to have fun! 

How can my child(ren) participate in Mini-THON®?

All Benchmark students are invited to participate in Mini-THON®.  In order to participate, students must register by submitting  a permission slip and $10 registration fee (payable to "Benchmark School"), which covers the cost of a T-shirt and some of the supplies needed to hold this event. Permission slips and registration fee must be received at Benchmark School no later than Wednesday, April 3.

To download a permission slip, please click here.

Can I purchase Mini-THON® merchandise?

Yes! Show your support "For The Kids" (FTK) with Four Diamonds Mini-THON Merchandise! Items for sale include FTK bracelets, FTK drawstring bags, FTK pins, Four Diamonds phone wallets, window stickers, Four Diamonds pens, and FTK Headbands. Download the Order Form here! 

How are donations for Four Diamonds being collected?

To raise money for our Mini-THON®, students are encouraged to request donations from family members and friends.  Students may bring in their donations (cash or check made payable to "Benchmark School") to their Language Arts classrooms.  If you would like make a secure, online donation to the Benchmark School Mini-THON, please click here.

 For more information about Four Diamonds and to view a short video clip about Mini-THON®, please click here. It's all "For The Kids" (FTK®)! 

Tell me about Benchmark's 2018 Mini-THON®

Benchmark's 2018 student-led Mini-THON® raised $10,132.54 to benefit children fighting cancer!

The three-hour event modeled after the Penn State Dance Marathon allowed our school community to come together for a great cause and to have fun! The 150 students who participated (83% of all Benchmark students!) took part in a variety of activities, including group sports, games, and dancing. The only requirement was that students remained standing for the entire three hours. 

All donations from this Mini-THON® supported Four Diamonds, whose mission is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Children's Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research.

Many thanks to all students, staff, and faculty who helped make this event an outstanding success. Special thanks to the Mini-THON® Student Leadership Team and the extraordinary efforts of Lower School Supervisor Colleen O'Hara!

Click here to watch the "reveal" video of money raised at the 2018 Benchmark School Mini-THON®.

2019 Mini-THON

Friday, April 26
3:00-6:00 PM

It was a wonderful opportunity to be a part of this year’s Mini-THON® student leadership team. I learned so much about planning a Mini-THON®, had a great time, and can only hope that with the money we raised ‘For the Kids,’ a cure to pediatric cancer will be found very soon!

Ashley Schnyder


Colleen O'Hara
Lower School Supervisor