‘Sea Cows’ Enjoy DI Globals

Sea Cows

The Seven Superior Sea Cows, the Destination Imagination team from Fairfield Elementary, sends a huge thank you to the Fairfield and Rock-bridge community for helping them raise funds to travel to Kansas City, Mo., in May to compete in the DI Globals.

The team competed in an instant challenge and a team challenge, placing tied for 42nd out of 74 teams. to get organized. The team had a day to settle and get acclimated to Missouri. Everyone enjoyed STEM activities like virtual reality, optical illusions and model car racing, she said. One evening the team wore duct tape costumes and modeled them.

They completed their instant challenge on Friday and team challenge on Saturday.

“It was a great learning opportunity for the team to see how others had solved the same team challenge, what props and scenery had been developed from around the world, and what ‘Pin Trading’ is all about,” said Whitesell. “This was a team experience like no other. Everyone on the team is grateful for the support to go and now understands DI in a whole new way. “

To fund the team’s trip to DI Globals, a number of fundraisers were held last spring. At Hull’s Drive-In, the team volunteered in the concessions and supervised a bake sale table.

The team also benefited from donations from Rock-bridge County Schools, the Maury River Middle School and Fairfield Elementary PTO groups, a team family chicken/goulash dinner, raffles, grants from both the Rockbridge Foundation and Fairfield Elementary, funds from Beta Sigma Phi sorority Laureate Alpha Delta Chapter in Roanoke, along with donations from many people.

The team also benefited from a Go Fund Me account organized by Brenda Luper, the team manager’s sister. “Support from Diane Secord, our principal at Fairfield Elementary School, and Jane Swartz, our school bookkeeper, kept us organized and allowed us to get properly registered for this event,” continued Whitesell.

Thanks also go to the following businesses for donations: Amanda’s Bridal, Spencer Home Center, the Berkstresser family, the Brownsburg Ruritans, Bank of Botetourt, the Animal Care Center in Missouri, James River Inc., the Vape Shop, and Break Time in Buena Vista.

The donations funded the registration fee, the transportation for the props and scenery, travel expenses for team members and the team manager, and reimbursed everyone for lodging and food.

“Everyone helped make the dream come true of ‘Going to Globals!’” said Whitesell. “A new season with new challenges begins this month! Stay tuned!”

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