Dodging for a good cause - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Education

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Dodging for a good cause

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2007 12:00 am

Altadena Middle School students are dodging balls to make others' Christmas wishes come true. On Nov. 1 students began competing in the school's third annual Dodgeball for Dollars tournament during their academic lab class periods. In this month-long, single-elimination tournament, students can buy up to 10 lives for $1 each, as well as buy teachers to play on their team. A total of nearly $6,500 has been raised this year, almost double the amount raised in 2006. "The money will go to the Kyrene Resource Center," Physical education teacher Mike Smith said. "We buy toys, T-shirts, formula - you name it, we buy it." Smith, who has been teaching P.E. at Altadena for five years, said the idea came to him three years ago after the movie Dodgeball, a comedy staring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, was released. "I thought it would be an easy way to raise money. But for the kids, knowing that they gave, that they did something for somebody else, is what they really get out of it," Smith said. "It might even be the first time for some of these kids. Another thing is I think they become a better homeroom because they are doing something together." For Smith, the most important thing is that the teachers and students make the tournament fundraiser a success. "I just set up the brackets and collect the money," he said. However, Smith's contributions to the school are far from overlooked. "Mr. Smith is one of those teachers who the kids and staff adore," seventh-grade advisor Tiffany Jump said. "He does an amazing amount of things at our school that give us the extras and leave lasting impressions and memories - things that make a difference in people's lives." Students play dodgeball everyday from 10:41 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. except on Wednesdays. Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders play each other for 25 minutes at a time and are able to renew their lives at the start of each new game. Nikki Meeker, 13, made sure to buy 10 lives to secure her place on a team, but after being eliminated she now uses her lunch hour to keep score for seventh-grade games. "When it's our lunch hour we come in here and check off their lives when they get out," Meeker, an eighth-grader, said. "I think it's really cool because the money goes to people who can't afford to have a great holiday." Students go all out for games, smearing paint under their eyes and wearing matching team T-shirts. Andrea Calianno's eighth-grade team, Burkhart Bisquik Butter Toast, won their first game and will play again on Nov. 30. "When we play I like knowing I'm raising money for others," she said. "It gives me a good feeling. Corinne Frayer can be reached at (480) 898-7917 or cfrayer@aztrib.com.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Harmful Algae on the Rise in U.S.

Montana Advocates Slam Supreme Court's Ruling on Medical Marijuana Supreme Court's Texas Abortion Ruling Gets High Marks in New York Safety Ne…

Published: June 28, 2016 - 5:05 pm @ http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-06-27/health…

Cibo in Downtown Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

Melissa Campana A A The Spot: Cibo 603 North Fifth Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85003www.cibophoenix.comThe Hours: Cibo’s happy hour is offered througho…

Published: June 28, 2016 - 4:55 pm @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/restaurants/cibo-in…

ACLU: Border Agents Forced Woman To Urinate In Drug Search, Added To Watch List

ACLU: Border Agents Forced Woman To Urinate In Drug Search, Added To Watch List The American Civil Liberties Union has released a series of re…

Published: June 28, 2016 - 4:53 pm @ http://www.fronterasdesk.org/content/10352/aclu-bo…

#AZBeerQuest: Visiting Every Craft Brewery in Arizona

It all started back in June with a random visit to (then) Fate Brewery in north Scottsdale with my friend Jenny. We hadn’t been there before, …

Published: June 28, 2016 - 4:54 pm @ http://rscottjones.com/quests/azbeerquest/

Volkswagen class-action: 10,000 Arizona vehicles eligible, company to spend up to $15B in settlement

PHOENIX - Volkswagen will spend up to $15.3 billion to settle consumer lawsuits and government allegations that it cheated on emissions tests …

Published: June 28, 2016 - 4:52 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/state/volkswagen-class-a…

Phoenix woman sentenced for mailing substance to MCSO

PHOENIX - A Phoenix woman accused of mailing a powdery substance to the Maricopa County Sheriff's downtown headquarters to get her ex-boyfrien…

Published: June 28, 2016 - 4:33 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…

20th measles case confirmed in AZ; new exposure locations in Maricopa County identified

PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) - The Arizona Department of Health Services has confirmed another case of measles. This one, like the majority of other co…

Published: June 28, 2016 - 4:35 pm @ http://www.azfamily.com/story/32318528/20th-measle…

Meritage Steakhouse at JW Marriott Desert Ridge

I first met Chef de Cuisine Chris Neff of Meritage Steakhouse at Scottsdale Culinary Festival's Cooks and Corks.  After sampling his braised b…

Published: June 28, 2016 - 4:23 pm @ http://www.writeonrubee.com/diningout/2016/meritag…

Exclusive Video – Hot and Heavy In Arizona: John McCain Staff Gets Rough With Challenger Kelli Ward Family

It was confirmed to Breitbart News by the Ward campaign that it was Abarzua, a senior staff member for the McCain campaign, that smashed into …

Published: June 28, 2016 - 4:25 pm @ http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/06/28…

Members Support Their Second Home

Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., right, sons, from left, Owen and Rider, wife Cathy Holahan, center, and director of Home Runs for Horton’…

Published: June 28, 2016 - 4:22 pm @ http://www.rollcall.com/news/hoh/members-support-t…

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…