Destination Imagination (DI) has been empowering kids through creativity for over 30 years. This year they made it possible for a team from Chattanooga, TN to participate. DI empowered these kids in many ways, including a "Start-A-Team" grant that enabled the kids to participate.
This team, Chattanooga DI, started off the year with a small goal. To make it to state finals.
So, they worked. They wrote a script, they made costumes, and they built a structure that made music! They learned to use exacto knives, wood glue, and an iron. They did research and spoke with experts. They learned how to work together, and listen to their peers. They learned patience and perseverance. They practiced the colloborative design process. They began to show respect for others and their ideas in new ways.
And so they made it! They competed at the regional tournament and then continued on. All the way to state finals!
On the way to state finals their bus broke down. They waited in a Marathon gas station for three hours. When they got to state finals they were hungry, and tired, but they competed anyway!
The small musical structure that these elementary school kids built went on to hold 448 pounds!
That structure, and those awesomely talented kids came in FIRST PLACE. In the whole state of Tennessee! They qualified for Global Finals which will take place May 25-28 in Knoxville, TN.
It costs $730 for each person that attends the Global Finals. What does this money do?
1. 4 nights of housing
2. All meals
3. TN DI t-shirt
4. Access to all competition areas
5. Lots of once-in-a-lifetime experiences! (including 2 dance parties!)
We thank you in advance for helping our team get to Global Finals. It really will a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of these kids, and we can't wait to tell you all about it!
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