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Morning Sun
  • Dodgeball tourney funds Girard classroom needs

  • Students and parents got up early Saturday morning to enjoy an extracurricular tournament of the gym class classic dodgeball.



    In addition to having the opportunity to pummel opponents with foam balls, the double-elimination tourney, which was held in both gyms at the Girard Middle and High schools,  helps to pay for classroom needs.

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  • Students and parents got up early Saturday morning to enjoy an extracurricular tournament of the gym class classic dodgeball.
    In addition to having the opportunity to pummel opponents with foam balls, the double-elimination tourney, which was held in both gyms at the Girard Middle and High schools,  helps to pay for classroom needs.
    “We have funded anything from supplies for centers to games to owl pellets,” said RV Haderlein Elementary PTO President Melodee Knopp, who worked with PTO Member Rachel Ausemus to plan the event. “Whatever the teacher needs that the school budget doesn’t cover.”
    The PTO does numerous fundraisers each year, but the dodgeball tournament, which is in its fourth year, is a fan favorite.
    Cindy Lallemand made her way back and forth between the two gyms to keep an eye on her two sons as they played.
    She said her eighth-grade son has played every year since the tournament began and her fourth-grader  was very excited to get to participate.
    “My fourth-grader, that’s his favorite thing at school,” Lallemand said.
    She said she loves the opportunity to have fun and help the schools.
    “I don’t mind getting up early on a Saturday to help the schools,” she said. “This is one of the big events of the year.”
    Knopp said it is the PTO’s goal to offer fun family-event types of fundraisers rather than asking students to sell candy bars or gift wrap, and many families came out to enjoy the morning and to support their students.
    Team Purple Cobras was, in part, a family event, and used dodging as a defense before eventually losing two out of three to a strong, practiced Mac Fitness team.
    Fifth-grader Molly Adams was the last team member standing, and said she prefers dodging to catching as her contribution to the team. After eventually taking the final hit for the team she said she enjoys dodgeball, but not that type of pressure.
    “I’m better at dodging, not catching anything,” Adams said, adding that she has one condition for playing again. “I’m not going to be the last person in.”
    Her dad, Zach Adams, coached the team and said it was a pretty informal arrangement.
    “They decided this week they wanted to play,” he said. “They just kind of went out there and played.”
    He said their primary practice came from a snowball fight the night before.
    Other teams also developed their strategies as they went.
    Team Hot Stuff was composed of six sixth-grade students, and team member Belle Bennett said strategy was developed on the sidelines.
    The team made it through three rounds in the winning bracket and came close to a comeback when Bennett caught a ball to the cheers of her teammates, but a couple hits later they found themselves battling upward, trying to dodge a second loss.
    Page 2 of 2 - Results of the tournament will be posted on the PTO’s Website at https://sites.google.com/site/haderleinpto.

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