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Bulldog Game Day raises $6,000 for Maryville Middle

The financial goal wasn’t as much as the Bulldogs wanted, but the participation made up for it. When the Bulldog Game Day fundraiser was held recently at Maryville Middle School, almost every student present -- about 800 -- participated. While the event didn’t raise the amount of money organizers wanted, they raised more than they ever had in the past.

Technology specialist Kevin Myers said the fun had by everyone overshadowed the fundraising goal.

“As far as fun, it was a huge success. With the way it is, it wasn’t as big a success as what we had hoped for financially, but it was still great,” he said.

The students, who paid a certain amount to play either real or virtual games, raised more than $6,000. “We were shooting for $12,000. The silver lining on that, however, is that our past fundraisers probably brought it about $3,000 to $4,000,” he said. “For us it was a huge step in the right direction.”

Through an online survey with students and parents, students were able to pick the virtual or real games they wished to play at the fundraiser. “We did anything we could get our hands on in the realm of using the Wii game systems, the Xbox and Playstation 3. All three were available, and students chose what games they wanted to play,” Myers said. “We knew not all the kids were interested in online, digital or virtual games. We gave them opportunity to choose real games.”

Myers said that because the weather didn’t cooperate on the day of the event, teachers set up games like jump rope and indoor bowling instead of going outside on the track.

“This is actually the first year we’ve used this set up. We sat down at the end of last year and talked about the overall success of the fundraisers we had done in the past and tried to come up something the students wanted to do,” he said. “We had done the Bulldog Stomp and Family Fun Night, and all with some measure of success, but they weren’t student-focused or things students got input on. This was an opportunity for kids to get involved in what we actually did.”

Parents will meet with teachers and administration later this school year to decide whether to do another Bulldog Game Day or to try another fundraiser.

“I think it was successful and something we could do again in the future and something to build on, said Myers, “but parents should give input to decide what is the focus we want to have for our fundraisers.”

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