If you would have gone to Cecil Intermediate School on Wednesday, October 30 2019 you would have heard cheers of encouragement and excitement coming from the gymnasium where the Be the Change Basketball Tournament took place. There were seven games total:
- Game #1 was between two fifth grade classes: Farrar/Shaffer vs. Licata/Stimpson
- Game #2 was between two sixth grade classes: Jaworski/Patterson vs. Cirincione/Lawrence
- Game #3 was between two fifth grade classes: Sovich/Tatum vs. DeBasio/Kostley
- Game #4 was between two sixth grade classes: Asbury/ Laskowski vs. McMillon Schrag
Then from those games there was a fifth grade championship game and a sixth grade championship game and a whole-school championship game between both grades. The whole-school winning team was Mrs. McMillon and Mrs. Schrag (pictured).
Though that was the winning team of the tournament the entire tournament was a huge success and everyone should be very proud! They managed to raise approximately $1,300 for MacPac, which is a program that provides food to students in need so that they have food over the weekend.
Cecil Intermediate would like to thank the team of teachers that volunteer to organize service projects for the school each month for coming up with this idea and sixth grade teachers Ms. Courtney Laskowski and Christine Asbury for organizing the fundraiser. They said it took about two weeks to organize the entire thing. Mrs. Laskowski and Mrs. Asbury's homeroom students selected various jobs and worked together to run all parts of the tournament. The students made and posted signs, collected donations for tickets, wrote announcements and shared the information to the student body and helped with day of tournament jobs.
“The students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed the tournament.” Mrs. Asbury says. “Their excitement echoed throughout the gym in their cheers of encouragement and as they leapt out of their seats game after game. It was wonderful to come together as a building for a good cause.”
She also says she was impressed by everyone’s generosity for the amount that they raised and thrilled to be able to donate to MacPac! Thank you again to all that donated and participated!
The next service project will be a salute to veterans. Mrs. Pam Farrar and Mrs. Jaimie Shaffer are coordinating the activities. They are asking students to write letters to veterans and will be collecting donations for deployed soldiers.