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  • 'Tries for Eyes' nets nearly $1,000

  • Dribble, dribble, shoot... Basketball is a simple past time enjoyed by many, but one local school turned that past time into a way to give to others. While students waiting for school to begin at Camdenton Middle School during the week of Jan. 20, they had the opportunity to pay a dollar and shoot free-throws until they missed. Donations went toward paying for glasses and eye exams for students in the district.
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  • Dribble, dribble, shoot... Basketball is a simple past time enjoyed by many, but one local school turned that past time into a way to give to others. While students waiting for school to begin at Camdenton Middle School during the week of Jan. 20, they had the opportunity to pay a dollar and shoot free-throws until they missed. Donations went toward paying for glasses and eye exams for students in the district.
    "I feel as a teacher, it is my job to be all about the kids. So when our counselor, Becky Ruggles came to us with a need, as a basketball coach I not only want to promote the basketball program but promote the middle school as far as reaching out to kids and doing what we can to help them," Social Studies teacher and basketball coach Dustin Miller said in an interview with the Lake Sun the week of the event.
    After almost a month after the event, donations continued to roll in. The middle school raised almost $900 from student and community donations.
    "It was a great success. We had a lot of kids participating every morning," Miller added.
    During the fundraiser, 'Tries for Eyes,' the student council played a major role. Each morning, they organized the event and got students excited about participating.
    "I think it gives them a sense of ownership not only in their school but among their peers. It teaches them a valid life lesson of 'it's not only about me or my group of friends,' it's about what's best for the school and their peers," Miller said.
    Miller and the school district are grateful for the outpour of support from area businesses and organizations. Both Hulett Chevrolet and All Pro Realtors donated to the cause. The local Lion's Club also has offered their support. Family Eye Care and other local eye care providers are offering services at a discounted price for students who otherwise could not afford eye care.
    "It feels great. The community should center around the school because the kids are our future so it's always great to have everybody throw in couple dollars here and there to help the kids because that is what it is all about," Miller said. "This was above and beyond anything I thought we could do. I thought if we could raise $500 that would be great. Anything for the kids is great."
    Both the girls and boys high school basketball teams made an appearance during the fundraiser and participated. When another school got wind of what the middle school was doing, they also did their own version of the fundraiser. Oak Ridge raised about $100 on their own.
    The middle school is still accepting donations toward the eye care fund. Checks can be written out to CMS with 'Tries for Eyes' on the subject line.
    Page 2 of 2 - For more information, call Dustin Miller at CMS at (573) 346-9257.

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