Dancers raise money at JUCO

Makena Church and Madison Lowe punch tickets and stamp hands at the gate of JUCO.

The Junior College World Series provides a different kind of hope for those who spend hours volunteering at the games.

Makena Church and Madison Lowe, members of the Express All Stars competitive cheer and dance team, worked at the south entrance. As the fans walked through the turnstiles, the girls punched tickets and stamped hands.

By working JUCO, the team earns money to help cover expenses of competitive cheer and dance. Uniforms can cost up to $200 and the competitions, which are mostly out-of-state, can be hundreds more, the girls said. This year, the Express All Stars will travel to Ohio to compete.

“We have car washes, volunteer at Country Jam and Rock Jam, and have spaghetti dinners at the studio,” Church said.

The team of 16 girls raises money individually and as a team.

Church and Lowe have been dancing since a young age. Lowe said dancing had been a part of her family. And both girls said they were very competitive.

“I like how you can express yourself and your feelings, and let it all out on the dance floor,” Church said.

As for helping at JUCO, the girls have both learned they enjoy volunteering and helping out the community.

Church noticed something unique to JUCO.

“There’s a lot of screaming when there are homeruns,” Church said.


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