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Charity basketball raises funds for local schools

POSTED: November 30, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Faculty from Riverview Middle School and Dawson County Middle School competed in a charity basketball game to raise money for each school's Parent Teacher Student Organization. The event raised over $1,000. The money was split evenly between each school's organization. "We played hard and had lots of fun, all for a good cause," said Bill Zadernak, principal of Riverview Middle School.

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Faculty from Riverview Middle School and Dawson County Middle School squared off in a charity basketball game Nov. 6 at Dawson County Middle School.

  

Dawson County Middle School staff members won the game by five points. However, both schools left as winners, as the event raised over $1,000 to be split between the school’s Parent Teacher Organizations.

  

The organizations will use the funds raised from the event to continue providing academic support to their school’s teachers and students.

  

“Well, I’m not crippled. I walked away unscathed, so it was a lot of fun,” said Bill Zadernak, principal of Riverview Middle School, who noted the event follows a long tradition of inter-school competitions and charity events in Dawson County.

  

“We want to keep that tradition going,” he said.

  

Each school featured 10 to 15 faculty members to compete in the game.

  

“We were excited to have our staff participate in something that benefits the PTSO,” said Mark Merges, principal of Dawson County Middle School. “They work hard for us, so we’ll play hard for them.”

  

“Often times the PTSO will sponsor financially in need children to go on school field trips or cover their lunch costs,” said Zadernak. “They’ve also bought prizes and rewards for students with excellent attendance, paid for pizza parties for classes that have achieved excellence, sponsored career day and hosted luncheons for teacher appreciation week.”

  

“The money will be used to support academics in both schools. It’s a great way to support our teachers and students in both middle schools,” said Merges.

Chik-fil-A and both schools PTSOs operated the concession stands.

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