Dublin Villager

From the superintendent's desk

Dodgeball contest to support pair of causes


Several times per year, I meet with the members of the Superintendent's High School Student Advisory Committee consisting of 24 students (two from each grade level) from our three high schools. I always look forward to these meetings because I receive some of the best information regarding our schools from our students.

At our meetings, we discuss issues that are important to students and the information received often leads to positive changes. Students have provided their opinions on everything from start times to cafeteria offerings.

In addition to engaging in these conversations, the group also volunteers to take on a major fundraiser each year.

The students are hard at work planning the sixth annual districtwide dodgeball tournament to take place at 7 p.m. April 5 at Dublin Scioto. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $5, but we will certainly accept any additional donations for our designated causes. One hundred percent of all funds raised go to the beneficiaries.

This year's beneficiaries are the Dublin Special Olympics and the Lyndsey Rice and Kyle Colello Memorial Scholarship Funds.

The mission of Dublin Special Olympics is to offer year-round high quality sports training and competitions for student athletes with developmental disabilities who live in our attendance area. This is the first year the program has been offered in our district. Prior to this year, student athletes who wished to participate were required to travel to a neighboring district. We are proud Dublin City Schools now has its own program.

Dublin City Schools teacher Krista Keir is leading the effort to get this program up and running in our district. No district funds are used for this program and it is completely reliant on donations to operate its programs.

This spring Dublin Special Olympics will be offering bowling along with track and field, and has plans to expand its offerings next fall.

A portion of the funds also will benefit the Memorial Scholarship Funds of Lyndsey Rice and Kyle Colello, our two Dublin Scioto students who died tragically in November of 2009. The Rice and Colello families have been great supporters of this event.

The tournament entrance fee is $25 per team, but all adult teams are encouraged to donate more to our worthy causes.

Teams consist of six to 10 players, with six players on the court at one time. The tournament will be a single elimination competition and consist of five divisions. They are: elementary school, middle school, high school girls, high school boys, and adults.

We are accepting entries of one student team per elementary school, and two student teams per middle school.

At the high school level, a maximum of four girls teams and four boys teams per high school may enter the tournament.

Please make plans to join us for an event that annually brings our community together and raises significant dollars. If you have any questions, please call 614-764-5913 or email us at info@dublinschools.net.

Dublin City School District Superintendent David Axner submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column to the ThisWeek Dublin Villager.