Posted on Oct. 06 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications DirectorBy Gabriela Padilla
Thanks to the Marion High School Brain Game team, Marion’s elementary libraries will be getting an upgrade.
The team earned their way into the top 8 during WTHR’s statewide high school trivia competition this past school year. Because of that, they had the opportunity to apply for a grant through Westfield Insurance, the sponsor of the competition.
The 2015-16 Brain Game team and their sponsors (from left) Kristi Phillippe (MHS teacher), Truman Bennet, Elijah Beal, Micah Hoeksema, Zach Spitzer, and Dave Tippey (MHS teacher).
Library resources are one of the suggested uses for the Sharing Knowledge grant awarded by Westfield Insurance, which sponsored the Brain Game tournament. The MHS students this year opted to share this opportunity with the elementary schools.
Kristi Phillippe, MHS science teacher and one of the Brain Game team’s sponsors, applauded this decision.
“Thanks to our kids for their accomplishment, which allows us to reward this money, and for thinking bigger than themselves by awarding the money to our elementary schools,” she said.
Each MCS elementary school will receive $400, for a total of $1,600, from the Brain Game grant. That money can be used for new books, e-books, e-readers, or other library resources.
The grant will also help fund continued participation in academic competitions, as 20 percent of the grant ($400) could be kept for that purpose.
Marion Community Schools is grateful to Westfield Insurance for this grant!