Send MPE back to DI Globals

The 5th grade team from Merriman Park Elementary, Gravity 6.0, is raising funds to represent MPE at the 2016 Destination Imagination Global Finals tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Gravity 6.0  team members include Trixie, Hannah, Jack, Roman, Mary, and Maggie.  The team is advancing to Globals after placing FIRST at the highly competitive Texas state tournament on April 2.   Last year, Gravity 6.0 placed FIFTH in the world thanks to support of our school, friends, family, community, and supporters.  We could not have accomplished these goals without your support.      

For those who don't know, Destination Imagination ("DI") is an organization that sponsors and supports creativity among kids (www.idodi.org).  Starting in the Fall, DI announces several competition categories for teams to choose from that focus on skills such as acting, improv, science, and engineering.  All of the activities are student driven and the kids are responsible for creating and presenting their team solutions.  Gravity 6.0 is a "fine arts" team that has created their own mystery story that must be presented using "traverse staging."  The kids started working on their solution as soon as the categories were announced and they have been refining it every since.  

MPE is a proud participant in DI.  While our team is sponsored by the school district, it is parent lead and financed almost exclusively by parents and through donations from the PTA and our supporters.  Academic and arts activities like DI help fill an important void in our kids' education as arts programs are facing funding cutbacks and schools are increasingly under pressure to perform on standardized tests.  DI kids are amongst the most creative, energetic, and enjoyable kids you will meet, and the kids on Gravity 6.0 are no exception. 

Global Finals, which kicks off on May 24, hosts teams from virtually ever state and more than 30 teams from across the world.  Teams travel to the University of Tennessee to compete against the best of the best from around the globe.  That means registration, transportation, housing, and lodging expenses for the team, coaches, and parents.  Any support you can provide is greatly appreciated and all funds will be conservatively managed.  

Thank you in advance for supporting MPE and Gravity 6.0.  #mpWe #mpeDI #thanks

Donations

  • Katie Barrett 
    • $25 
    • 50 mos
  • Pat Knabe 
    • $100 
    • 51 mos
  • Angela Hopkins 
    • $20 
    • 51 mos
  • Allison Brown 
    • $20 
    • 51 mos
  • Kate Cox 
    • $50 
    • 51 mos
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Organizer

Chris LaVigne 
Organizer
Dallas, TX
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