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BI club, basketball tourney raise money for special needs students prom
Check presentation
Professional Contract Services representatives Darryl Speir, project manager, and Julia Agosto, office manager, present a $2,000 check to Bradwells Friends Helping Friends to help organize a prom for special-needs students. Not pictured are BI Prinicpal Scott Carrier and Jason Stickler, assistant principal over special education. - photo by Tiffany King

Bradwell Institute students and teachers participated in a basketball skills tournament to raise funds for a prom for special needs students.

Friends Helping Friends, a student club that helps special needs students with academics and social skills, organized the tourney and raised $1,279 from tickets. Special-education teacher and club adviser Charlie Moon said ticket sales helped the club reach the goal of $5,000 and the tournament was timed to coincide with the NCAA’s March Madness.

The competition consisted of a 3-point shootout and slam dunk contest for students. Winners were Alex Gordon, Brianna Johnson, DeVonte Cromartie and boys basketball coach Rhett Hellgren. The winners received gift cards to Chili’s restaurant.

After the contest, Winn Army Community Hospital contractor Professional Contract Service, Inc. presented a $2,000 check to Friends Helping Friends for the prom. PCSI provides employment opportunities for disabled veterans and other people with disabilities.

The inaugural prom for special needs students will be May 13.

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