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Soccer tournament raises funds for MMS

Monroe Middle School is taking a unique approach to raising money for school equipment. It’s having soccer tournaments between students in all three grade levels, sixth, seventh and eighth.

The first game was held Tuesday, September 23, 2008, and began right after school at 4:00 pm. Subsequent tournaments will be held on September 25 and September 30, with the last game held on October 2, 2008.

Although the main goal of the event is to help raise money to offset the cost of a $5,000 security system, getting parents involved is an equally important part of the plan. “We’ve found through sports, parents get more involved,” said event coordinator Sonia Ravnitzky, the school’s Parent and Community Involvement Coordinator.

“We have parents who have volunteered at this event that we’ve not seen at the school before, so we are very excited,” Ravnitzky said.  “Parents are so busy working one, two, three jobs, but they’re still making time to come to this event.”

This is the first soccer tournament fund-raiser held by the school, but it’s been so successful that organizers are hoping to make it an annual event. “Our first game went very well,” Ravnitzky said.

Students Victoria Collins, 11, and Shavonda Willoughby, 12, both sixth graders, opened the tournament with the patriotic song, “I Love My Country.”

The school’s Gear-Up Coordinator, Karen Accardi, was also involved in the tournament’s implementation. Teacher assistant Beatrice Salas, who is also a parent of a Monroe Middle student, volunteered her time for the project, as well as all the trophies.

Others who played a role in the event were Monroe Middle Assistant Principal Elkin Lenis; and Monroe Middle teachers Jorge Giraldo, Hernan Nino, Jose Juarez and Neal Devoid. Christian Avalos and Carlos Martinez, two community volunteers, served as referees.

Businesses who stepped up to the plate and made donations are Costco, Sam's Club and the Harris Teeter in Wesley Chapel.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: Sep 24, 2008 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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