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Theatrical Thinkers hope to take Knoxville stage

The Theatrical Thinkers include: Back row (L to R)  Sarah Schaefer, Karoline Colucci, Ethan Drake and front row  Maya Madore, Ben Carthron, Riley Sntikin, Priya Singh

Students from Margaret Brent Elementary School will move on to the Destination ImagiNation global competition in Knoxville, Tn. later this month. And they need your help to get there.

The team of seven students placed second in the state competition, allowing them to move on to the next level. But to get to Knoxville, the students need to raise about $10,000–which is $635 per student and team manager, plus some of the chaperones’ expenses.

The team will try to raise part of this money with a spaghetti dinner Friday night, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Margaret Brent. Dinner will be $5 and will include spaghetti, salad, bread and ice cream. There will also be a presentation of the team’s project.

The Theatrical Thinkers’ long-term challenge was to create a new way to store and use energy–and they had to present their idea in a novel way. The team recreated Ford’s Theater and had Abraham’s ghost show up to watch “My American Cousin” one more time (perhaps he wondered how it ended?). But when he catches the show, Lincoln’s ghost learns that Ford’s Theater shows movies not plays and that the projector is powered by a solar gel.

Can’t catch the dinner? Donation boxes can be found at local businesses: Dans Wellness Pharmacy; The Icing; Massage Matters; Wining Image; Monarch Pools; Rob Rochon Realty; Diamond Concepts; Nageotte, Nageotte, Nageotte Attorneys at Law; Cahoon Family Dental.

This team is one of four Stafford teams heading to the global competition. If you belong to one of the other teams, please get in touch so I can post your fundraising details too. or 540/735-1973