Driver Middle School teachers, staff get goofy on the hardwood

The Driver Middle School staff put their own creative version of "March Madness" on display at the annual Goofy Basketball Game. Friday March 11 in the gymnasium. The DMS PTA-sponsored fundraising event was coordinated by Betsy Ramsden and Mindy Manahan.

Faculty and staff competitors showed off their talents, as an enthusiastic crowd howled with delight at each creative pass or swished basket. Competitions included Beauties vs. Bakers; Dancers vs. Duckies; Friends vs. Foes; and Bozos vs. Babies.

George Mango, sixth grade teacher, and Michael Vincent, elementary physical education teacher, brought their own blend of commentator and analyst to the event while Pat Collier, former DMS principal, and Shelly Stepien , DMS physical education teacher, offered up some innovative twists to the art of officiating. An inspirational rendition of the National Anthem was performed by Maureen Henesey, occupational therapist.

Nancy van der Ven's sixth grade class handled the concession stand and the selling of goodies with all monies raised going to the SPCA. Halftime games included a 3-point shooting contest where all participants received prizes and the raffling of a signed SU Basketball team ball and an autographed Wesley Johnson photograph.

Students getting in on the action for the third quarter was a new twist to this year's goofy basketball game madness. Monies raised through the selling of game tickets will support such DMS PTA events as the eighth grade moving up ceremony, the eighth grade trip and the grade 4-6 quarterly outstanding effort and citizenship breakfasts. A special thanks goes out to all faculty and staff who participated in the game.

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