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Students help drive Middle School Play Area fundraising efforts

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Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 7:50 am

BEAVERTON – All eyes were aimed toward the sky Monday afternoon as students at Beaverton Middle School and Beaverton Primary School waited to see what might descend upon them – candy…or water balloons! But don’t worry – the kids had a chance to launch their own attack, thanks to the efforts of fifth grade student Kody Blades, and all the other kids that helped to raise money in the can drive that Kody organized to raise funds for the Beaverton Middle School Play Area. Kody’s mom, Jodi Linton – with some help – loaded 600 water balloons for battle, and students who helped raise money for the can drive each got a share of the balloons to throw at Mr. Marston and Mr. Budge on the roof at the Middle School, who threw candy when they weren’t launching balloons of their own. At the Primary School, Mr. Bassage was sentenced to roof duty and launched balloons, candy and stuffed animals – and got hosed in turn, as some got a chance to spray Mr. Bassage as he entertained crowds from the roof with his animated antics. According to Mrs. Nancy Massaro, Kody Blades saw a dream fulfilled today as the Principals and Superintendent took to the roof. “Kody has wanted to do this for awhile,” she said. This isn’t the first time Kody has helped out with aplan to raise money for the Middle School Play Area – he has helped out at Tip Night at Lang’s Pizza, and was key in going to businesses and seeking donations for the Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction. “Kody’s really been instrumental every step of the way,” Mrs. Massaro said. And he’s not done planning yet – Jodi said her son has some more events in mind that she is helping plan, including a Movie Night at Gem Theatre in June, where people will have a chance to watch Monsters University. Additionally, they are planning a Scrapbook Crop event in the fall to help raise money. “He’s come up with a lot of ideas,” Mrs. Massaro confirmed. This latest idea, the can drive, brought in over $1,000 for the Middle School Play Area. Mrs. Massaro said that they have raised around $16,000 so far. They need $60,000 for Phase I of the project, and $125,000 to complete Phases I and II.

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