Dodgeball tourney to launch Perham computer campaign
Dodge...duck...dip...dive...dodge...dash...drop...dodge... High technology advances for Perham High School students will be earned by primitive means November 18: By hurling projectiles at one another with a Roman colosseum -style audience cheeri...
High technology advances for Perham High School students will be earned by primitive means November 18: By hurling projectiles at one another with a Roman colosseum -style audience cheering in the grandstands.
A "dodgeball" tournament will be the first fundraiser in a campaign to provide each Perham High School student with a laptop computer.
"We hope to get 30 or 40 teams out there," said Jo Strege, of the 549 Family Foundation, which is leading the computer campaign. "This is going to be fun, not a serious competitive event. We'll have t-shirts and concessions."
Teams--and crowds--will be crucial to make the fundraiser a success, said Strege. The registration deadline for teams is Nov. 11, by calling the high school office at 346-6500. The Perham High School Student Council and Principal John Rutten are also helping organize the event.
"24-7" access to computers for all students--that's the goal of the program. Ideally, each freshman would be issued his-her own computer.
"We're hoping the computer lasts four years, then they can take the computer with them when they walk out the door, after graduation," said Strege.
Computer labs, in the traditional sense, have become a thing of the past, said Strege.
It's an ambitious undertaking, acknowledged Strege. If you figure an average of $1,000 per computer--it is a daunting annual expense. But there are manufacturer's discount programs and other possibilities to find funds, said Strege.
For more information on the computer program and dodgeball tournament, call the high school office at 218-346-6500.