TOWNSEND — For the second year in a row, the Hawthorne Brook Middle School Destination Imagination team is going to Knoxville, Tenn., to represent Massachusetts at the Destination Imagination Globals Finals!
This event, which takes place from May 24-28, is the Olympics of problem-solving and teamwork. Hawthorne Brook’s eighth-grade, all-girls team earned the privilege after placing second in their challenge at the Massachusetts Destination Imagination state tournament held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in arch.
Townsend DI is sponsored by TRAC.
While in Worcester this year at WPI, the group stopped by the Worcester Animal Shelter to donate more than 70 pounds of pet food it collected throughout the winter.
This group of seven girls has been together for several years. For this year’s challenge, they have worked together creating skits and scripts, building props and solving challenges since October. For six months, they worked as a team to prepare for the competition. Their challenge was “Verses, Foiled Again,” which involved creating a story with a foiled character and building a structure made only of wood, foil and glue that could hold as much weight as possible. They had to do all this on a limited budget with no adult assistance or interference.
This team’s next challenge is fundraising. They are busy raising money to offset some of the cost of the trip to Knoxville.
Fundraising included a Moonwalk at Earth Day on April 30, a bake sale at the Townsend Library Plant and Book Sale on May 7 and a Pampered Chef event. On May 14, there will be a huge multifamily yard sale at Cherry Hill Too and a Cow Pie for DI event with a grand prize of $200. Tickets are $5. Come support us at the different events! If you’re cleaning out your house, we’ll take your donations for the yard sale. Drop them off that morning.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help to send the Hawthorne Brook Destination Imagination teams to the Global Finals, checks can be made out to Townsend Recreational Activities Council DI, and sent to TRAC PO Box 1113 Townsend, MA 01469. Those with any questions regarding fundraising can contact Karen Rapoza at 978-877-0106, or email TOBYOBRIEN@comcast.net.
Destination Imagination is an international, nonprofit program that challenges groups of students to use their creativity, communications and teamwork to think outside the box to solve problems. More then 300,000 students from 45 countries and the United States participate in the program. It helps students in grades 3-12 build lifelong skills and friendships that will carry them in life.