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Fundraising under way for Global Finals

Apr 23, 2013
PHOTO SUBMITTED Maharishi School students on eight teams are competing at the Destination ImagiNation Global Finals the week of May 21 in Tennessee.

Maharishi School is raising funds to help send 41 students on eight teams to the Destination ImagiNation Global Finals set for the week of May 21 on the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn.

The 41 Maharishi School state champions will be among the more than 16,000 students from 30 countries converging for a week of creative competition.

Many expenses are involved in sending the teams to Tennessee. Typicallym each team member has to raise $1,200 to cover all expenses for the week of competition.

To earn funds, team members are selling roses for Mother’s Day, collecting items for the annual garage sale set for May 4 and will showcase their challenges May 18, with an a la-carte dinner and silent auction.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to help a student can do so at https://maharishischool.securesites.com. Check the box for Destination ImagiNation and type in the student’s name in the “Inspired by” box.

Nonprofit donations for all the teams also can be made at the website.

Unlike many other schools, at Maharishi School the Destination ImagiNation program is open to any student in fourth through 12th grades. More than 80 percent of the students are on scholarship and would not have access to the program without the support of donors.

Destination ImagiNation is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to “encouraging teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus, and frame challenges while incorporating S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts, and service learning. Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process.”

Maharishi School officials said participants are passionate about Destination ImagiNation and can hardly wait to start every October. The season begins with forming teams and having fundamental sessions where the kids brainstorm ideas for solutions and do team-building exercises. The season goes until mid-April, or if a team gets the opportunity to compete at Global Finals, the end of May.

Maharishi School has a rich history with Destination ImagiNation since it began in 1999. Many teams have won state championships every year and competed at Global Finals, often placing in the top 10 and even taking first place out of 70 teams competing in a given category. School officials said participants love to come up with innovative solutions to which no adult can offer input.; it’s very empowering to a kid to have total control over their ideas. They also develop important team-building skills and learn to unleash their imaginations in approaching challenges and develop lifelong critical thinking skills.

Global Finals 2013 will feature more than 1,200 of the top-scoring Destination ImagiNation teams from around the world. Live video updates, interviews and photos from Global Finals 2013 will be published from the event and can be viewed at www.GlobalFinals.org.

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