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The corn was flying at the Charles Town Middle School football field this past Saturday, April 5thas the related arts (RA) team of teachers and students kicked off the 1st

Annual Corn for COWS (Computers On Wheels) cornhole tournament. Despite the windy weather, over 100 community members and 23 teams came out to support and to participate in the competition fundraiser. The idea for the event came up at the September RA meeting during a discussion on issues and concerns. The issue was the need for and lack of laptops available to be used in related arts classrooms, which include agriculture, art, business education, family and consumer sciences (FACS), health, music, physical education, and Spanish. Work on the event started as early as October and the teachers met monthly to discuss ideas and progress.

Many hours of preparation were put in by students as well as staff and volunteers. The CTMS FFA chapter which consists of 42 student members and their advisor, Kristin Friend, built 10 sets of cornhole boards during their December chapter meeting and primed them at their January meeting with the help of community volunteers, Bill & Kyle Friend and Bill & Marcy Nicewarner. The work didn't stop there as over 80 students from the art and agriculture classes and RA teachers designed and painted the boards, during classes, afterschool, and even during their lunch breaks. The 80 bags filled with corn used for the tournament were cut, stuffed, and sewn by the two 8

th grade FACS classes, under the direction of Colleen Brady. Over 50 students from Mr. Chuck Parker's business education classes collaborated to design and create the flyers, brochures, registration forms, silent auction sheets, and award certificates. [including the artwork, layout and design, and printing]. Prior to the event, Nikki Reed, Codie Gustines, and Ryan West of the physical education department were in charge of collecting and organizing registrations/donations, designing t-shirts, and marking the field.

On the day of the event, the PE department was responsible for setting up the boards, officiating the tournament, and creating the brackets as well as managing them for team placement. Choral director, Angie Flook, and band director, Rachel Allen, rallied the students, parents, and volunteers from the CTMS Music Boosters

to provide concessions at Saturday's event. Booster President, Jen Sakole, organized the collection of food items donated by band and chorus families while Scott McMoran managed concessions on the day of the event. Serving hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pulled pork, drinks, and snacks, the CTMS Music Boosters profited from the concession stand and then donated everything back to the cause.The music department also provided sound equipment and music during the tournament and gave everyone a treat with the live performance by the CTMS Jazz Bands under the direction of Mrs. Allen. Overall the event was a success in the eyes of its organizers as Kristin Friend states, "Our goal was to raise money to buy laptops for the students and provide a school wide project that all of the RA team could collaborate together on with our students. The awesome thing is that we were able to accomplish both goals and the students had a really good time as well." The team already has ideas for next year's event but would like to first thank this year's sponsors: gold

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