Line-dancing group raises $10,000 for ‘I Am STEM’ summer camp


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) — A dance group has taken the right steps to raise money for a STEM summer camp in East Gainesville.

Smooth Flava hosted the fourth Teach Me To Dance fundraiser on June 12 at Citizens Field in Gainesville. Their goal was to raise at least $7,200 to send 20 kids to the Caring and Sharing Learning School-based “I Am STEM” summer camp for free. Donations and admission fees from the fundraiser totaled $10,000 donated to fund scholarships for the summer camp.

“So knowing that the kids are going to be here because of what Smooth Flava dancing has been able to do throughout the year as well as the learn-to-dance fundraiser that we just had last Saturday, I feel so blessed and excited,” said organizer Wanda Lloyd.

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The funds can now send at least 27 students to camp on a scholarship.

“Not just dancing but donating money every month,” Lloyd added. “So it’s not just this one-time fundraiser, we fundraise throughout the year. We get people to come to class and by paying for the class they give money for this donation that you are going to see today. So, once again, I feel blessed, honored and humbled.

The group holds line dancing classes every Tuesday through Thursday at 5:45 p.m. at Bo Diddley Plaza in Gainesville.

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