Bumping, Setting and Digging Up Donations

James Wilson Young Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society recently turned to the game of volleyball and coordinated a spirited fundraiser for the March of Dimes. Rallying together peers and even a teacher-comprised team, the students organized a volleyball tournament for the worthy cause. With a $4 admission, attendees enjoyed watching the competing teams bump, set and spike their way to victory and a cause that holds a personal connection for one of the school’s staff members – math teacher Asa Grunenwald, whose child is now thriving after being born prematurely last year.

During the competition, prizes were awarded to the top two teams as well as to the teams with the best uniforms, most team spirit and best sportsmanship. Team names ranged from the Norwegian Battle Hawks to the Snazzy Snails to the Majestic Alpacas, and uniforms ranged from bike helmets to shirts and ties to homemade tie-dyed tees.

As a result of the school fundraiser, more than $900 was raised for the March of Dimes, all of which went to support the Grunenwald’s team for the March of Dimes Walk.