The Dublin City Schools Alumni Association has made its first contribution to the Dublin Education Foundation. The association recently donated about $1,800 in proceeds from the first Dublin City Schools Hall of Fame induction dinner and silent auction.

The Dublin City Schools Alumni Association has made its first contribution to the Dublin Education Foundation. The association recently donated about $1,800 in proceeds from the first Dublin City Schools Hall of Fame induction dinner and silent auction.

"One of the goals of the alumni association is to be able to raise funds that ultimately impact our students in the form of DEF grants," said director Kevin Simmons. "As our organization becomes more established, we hope that we will be able to do more in the future."

The alumni association will be putting together an advisory board to help increase membership, plan events and work toward an interactive Web site.

"We've come a long way since last spring when the association began to get off the ground," Simmons said. "There is much to be done as we move forward."

Anyone interested in serving on the advisory board can e-mail Simmons at director@alumni.dublinschools.net.

The proceeds from an annual event organized by children living in the Dunmere neighborhood in Dublin went to purchase Thanksgiving Harvest of Help food baskets for needy Dublin families.

Amanda and Eric Killian, Gillian and Will Pace, and Olivia and Anna Weirtz raised $1,425 from their Great Pumpkin Sale project, with the money going to the Dublin Food Pantry. The event started as a lemonade stand organized on a play date three years ago and evolved into the pumpkin project, with the kids growing pumpkins and selling them around the neighborhood. They delivered them, along with cornstalks and hay bales just before Halloween.

"We worked hard, but it was important," Will Pace said.

"We filled these orders in person -- the biggest were hauled in our wagons," said his sister, Gillian.

"The project was an education for them," said their mother, Tina. "In the beginning they thought hungry kids lived far away. Now they get it."

The Grizzell Middle School choir is competing to win $500 in Time Warner Cable's "Holiday Harmonies" viewer's choice contest in which TV viewers choose the winner. The choir is among 10 now appearing on Time Warner Cable's local on demand channel 1111. The video performances will air Nov. 24 through Dec. 31. The choir with the most views wins $500. To watch the choirs and pick a favorite, go to local on demand channel 1111 and select the viewer's choice category. Each view is a vote, and viewers can vote as many times as they like.