AIS organizes charity basketball game

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Students at Austintown Intermediate School presented the check of $2,009 to a representative of the Rescue Mission on April 23.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Students and staff at Austintown Intermediate School who participated in the annual staff versus student basketball game fundraiser posed with a representative from the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley, during which they raised more than $2,000.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Austintown Intermediate School staff and student participants in the annual basketball game posed with a check for more than $2,000 that were raised during the game for the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley.

By JESSICA HARKER

jharker@vindy.com

Students and staff members at Austintown Intermediate School presented a check to the Mahoning County Rescue Mission on April 23.

The group was able to raise more than $2,000 to donate to the group from their annual charity basketball game earlier this year.

“This is something we do every year,” said teacher and event organizer Lisa Fitzgerald. “We always pick a different cause to donate to.”

Fitzgerald said that this is the fourth year the school has organized this event.

A number of staff members face off against students for a basketball game, which took place at the Austintown Middle School gymnasium.

Along with the price of admission to the game, the school raised money by selling concessions and organizing a basket raffle.

“Every cent we made during that game was able to be donated,” Fitzgerald said.

She explained that it was through the generosity of teachers at AIS who donated food for the concession stand, along with other community supporters that the event was able to be made a success.

“A lot of people really step up every year and gave what they can to help us raise this money,” she said. “We are all very grateful.”

Volunteers from the high school women’s basketball game also assisted during the event.

During the game the school also organized a half court shooting competition.

“We just like to come and have fun while doing something good for our community,” Fitzgerald said.

This year’s game was won by the staff of the school with an ending score of 4-0.

A representative from the Rescue Mission visited AIS to accept the check and present the school with a plaque for their donation.

“This is something we all really like being part of, and I can see it going on for years to come,” Fitzgerald said.

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