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Games help schools

SELMA — Central Alabama students can play around and make money for their schools with the help of Taylorville Family Recreation Center.

Since school started, Taylorville officials have been giving schools two ways to bring in extra funds for materials and services.

“First, they can have a 10 percent night, where 10 percent of all the proceeds of one night are returned to the school,” said Kim Callens, head of marketing at Taylorville. “Or if they can sell a $10 Ted E. Card (which allows players to use $10 toward the games), then $2 goes to the school.”

Because the Ted E. Card program has a longer timeline, the amount of funds earned by all schools so far has not been available, Callens said.

Callens also said the Academics Program rewards good students.

“For every student, $1 will be added to their Ted E. Bear cards for every A on their report card,” she said.

Aaron McKinley, principal of Shiloh Elementary and Sixth-Grade Academy, said the program was been well-recieved at the school. Shiloh Elementary’s fundraising night was 5-9 p.m. Thursday.

“The school spirit has been high because of the program,” McKinley said. “The kids love Taylorville, and we were delighted when they came up with the schools to represent.”

McKinley said the kids weren’t the only ones excited.

“The parents supported us and we have 100 percent of the staff supporting us,” he said.

McKinley said he hoped the school would use the funds “for reading materials as well as math manipultives.”

Taylorville also is conducting other promotions as well as the schools’ fundraiser. Anyone who adds $20 at one time to their Ted E. Card will have a chance for their name to be drawn Nov. 8 to win a Honda Civic.

The Battle of the Bands will be Saturday, and gospel singing will be featured on the second Saturdays of each month.

Starting tonight, representatives of Shoe Palace and E&E Purses and Accessories will be demonstrating fashions, while May Kay Cosmetics associates will be giving facials.

For more information, call Taylorville at 875-7733.