HMS TSA Trip to Nationals
$15,605 of $15,000 goal
We need your support to help fund the Hickory Middle School Technology Student Association* (TSA) Chapter’s team trip to Dallas, Texas so they can represent their school, Chesapeake, the Tidewater Region, Hampton Roads, and Virginia while participating and competing in the 2015 National TSA Conference from June 28 to July 2, 2015.
The Hickory Middle School (HMS) TSA Chapter is a voluntary student activity that receives very limited school funding. The HMS TSA Chapter relies primarily on student fund raising, allowances, and parent donations to cover the costs of tools, equipment, supplies, competition entry fees, required TSA competition attire , and all travel, food, and lodging expenses. The students exhausted this year’s funds while attending:
-2015 Tidewater TSA Fall Rally
-2015 Virginia TSA Leadership Academy
-2015 Tidewater TSA Regional Competition
-2015 Virginia TSA Technosphere Leadership Conference/Competition.
The HMS TSA Chapter's hard work this year resulted in unexpected success during the 2015 Virginia TSA Technosphere Competition (official results and photos ):
-Finished in the Top 10 in 21 out of 25 events including:
-(1) 1st Place finish
-(2) 2nd Place finishes
-(1) 3rd Place finish
-Placed 10th overall for middle school chapters
-One student finished 10th overall for middle school competitors
-Qualified for the 2015 National TSA Conference
Their success was recently highlighted in the local news by WAVY10- Hickory Middle School TSA Heading to Nationals
Based on their tremendous efforts this year, I’m attempting a short-fuse fund raising effort to cover the large cost so they can attend Nationals. The students are participating in fund raising activities:
-Hickory Middle School Spring Carnival concessions sales fundraiser on May 8, 2015.
-Chesapeake Soccer Club Tournament concessions sales fundraiser on May 15-17, 2015.
-Hickory Middles School Dance fundraiser on May 29, 2015 from 3:45 - 5:30. Join us for music, food, and fun!
-Buffalo Wild Wings Spirit Night fundraiser on May 30, 2015 all day from 11am - 12am. Join us for face painting, music, games, food, prizes and fun!
-Chick-fil-A Spirit Night fundraiser (clearing tables, wiping tables, taking out trash in exchange for a percentage of sales) on June 1, 2015 from 6-8pm.
-Chipolte Spirit Night fundraiser on June 7, 2015 from 4-9pm.
-Chick-fil-A Spirit Night fundraiser (clearing tables, wiping tables, taking out trash in exchange for a percentage of sales) on June 18, 2015 from 6-8pm.
But they have far too many competing priorities this time of year (e.g., SOL testing, finals, and preparing for their events at Nationals) to have time to raise it all on their own. We need your donations to reach our goal!
Please submit your donations via our fundraising campaign to allow them the much-deserved opportunity to compete at the 2015 National TSA Conference .
Every dollar helps, so please give what you can. Here are some examples of how your donation will make a difference:
$1= 1 Snickers bar for the 20hr drive to Texas!
$5= 1 day of snacks for 1 student
$10= 1 lunch for 1 student
$20= 1 dinner for 1 student
$50= Required TSA competition attire for 1 student
$100= Registration fee for 1 student
$250= Hotel room for 1 student
$500= Transportation for 1 student
$1000= 1 Hotel room for entire event
Don't worry if you don't have cash, you can still help by:
-Providing fund raising opportunities for our students
-Donating items for resale as fund raisers such as gift certificates, packaged food, beverages, etc.
-Donating badly needed supplies and equipment such as Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, VEX IQ starter kits, building materials, etc.
Another easy way to help is to go to Target Thanks a Billion website and thank Mr. Jeff Puckett from Hickory Middle School, Chesapeake, VA 23322. Easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Go to: Target Thanks a Billion website
2. Select Hickory Middle School
3. Cut and paste: "#ThanksABillion Mr Jeff Puckett from #HMSTSA2015 for inspiring us to do our best and strive for @NationalTSA gofundme.com/HMSTSA2015"
Target will donate $25 to our school for every thanks!
Any excess donations collected during this campaign will be donated to the HMS TSA Chapter account to be used for 2015-2016 events.
Please follow my effort on Twitter : #HMSTSA2015
Virginia Pilot Chesapeake Clipper - Sunday May 24, 2015 edition, City Briefs, on page 8.
The Shopper (Chesapeake) - June 2015 edition.
Hickory Middle School TSA Heading to Nationals
WCTV Chesapeake Television- Ted Corbeill 's remarks during the Chesapeake City Council's regular meeting on May 12, 2015.
A great big thanks to our sponsors:
9 Round Kickboxing Fitness - Thank you for donating items in support of our fundraising events.
Battlefield Golf Club - Thank you for donating items in support of our fundraising events.
Buffalo Wild Wings - Thank you for supporting the Hickory Middle School TSA fundraiser dance on May 29 and hosting a Spirit Night for us on May 30!
Carvel - Thank you for donating items in support of our fundraising events.
Chesapeake Soccer Club - Thank you for allowing us to set up a fundraising concessions tent during your spring tournament at Centerville Park on May 15 - 17, 2015.
Chick-fil-A - Thank you for hosting a Spirit Night for us on June 1.
Children Today Leaders Tomorrow- Thank you for the very generous donation.
Chipolte - Thank you for hosting a Spirit Night for us on June 7.
Dominos - Thank you for making the delicious hot pizzas for our fundraising events.
Dun and Bradstreet- Thank you for the very generous sponsorship donation! As our largest donor, you have truly shown your commitment to STEM education.
Elysium Wellness and Day Spa - Thank you for donating items in support of our fundraising events.
Great Bridge/Hickory YMCA - Thank you for donating items in support of our fundraising events.
Harris Teeter - Thank you Tyler for donating vouchers we used to purchase items to be resold during our Chesapeake Soccer Club Tournament fundraiser at Centerville Park on May 15 - 17, 2015.
HDM Associates, Inc.- Thank you for the very generous sponsorship donation! As one of our largest donors, you have truly shown your commitment to STEM education.
Hickory Middle School PTA - for allowing us to set up a fundraising table during the HMS Spring Carnival on May 8, 2015.
Lady Nails - Thank you for donating items in support of our fundraising events.
Norfolk Tides - Thank you for allowing us to sell reserved seat vouchers for the Saturday, June 13, 2015 home game vs Lehigh Valley.
Red Knot at Edinburgh Apartments - Thank you for allowing us to set up a fundraising table during your Memorial Day picnic on May 24, 2015.
RoboSnap- Thank you for your donation and good luck with your Kickstarter project!
Rudy and Kelly Salon and Spa - Thank you for donating items in support of our fundraising events.
Thirty One Gifts - Thank you Ingrid for donating 100% of your profits made during your May fundraiser.
Vivi Jewerly - Thank you Tina for donating 100% of your profits made during your May fundraiser.
Walgreens - Thank you Marlin and Jeff for donating vouchers we used to purchase items to be resold during our Chesapeake Soccer Club Tournament fundraiser at Centerville Park May 15 - 17, 2015.
Walmart - Thank you Jessica from Walmart for donating a gift certificate we used to purchase items to be resold during our Chesapeake Soccer Club Tournament fundraiser at Centerville Park on May 15 - 17, 2015.
Xanadu Hair Salon and Spa - Thank you for donating items in support of our fundraising events.
Your name/website here (Who wants to be next?)
*TSA is a national student organization devoted exclusively to students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). TSA is supported by educators, parents and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society. Members learn through exciting competitive events, leadership opportunities, and much more. The diversity of activities makes TSA a positive experience for every student.
Additional information can be found here:
National TSA website: http://www.tsaweb.org/
VA TSA website: http://virginiatsa.org/
Hickory Middle School TSA Chapter website: https://technohawkstsa.wordpress.com
Construction Challenge- 8th place
Energy Sources- 8th place
Environmental Focus- 5th place
Great way to end an outstanding year!
Through hard work, discipline, determination, perseverance, and team work you exceeded the goals you established in September. Additionally, you set the example for other schools with your professionalism, positive attitudes, and team work throughout the competition.
You've made your family, friends, school, Chesapeake, and Virginia extremely proud!