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The Carthage Press
  • Friendly basketball game benefits Food for Thought program

  • Staff Infection the winning team of the first annual Carthage Bright Futures basketball tournament, Friday, at Carthage Middle School.
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  • Staff Infection.
    That was the winning team of the first annual Carthage Bright Futures basketball tournament, Friday, at Carthage Middle School. The team played against the Mercy McCune-Brooks Friends and Family. Staff Infection won 97-57.
    The event was hosted by CMS principal, Robin Jones, and counselor, Travis Bolin, to benefit the Carthage Bright Futures, “Healthy Tigers” backpack program. The program and backpacks currently feed 25 CMS students on the weekends. The backpacks are designed to be an aid to students’ meals over the weekend, items included in the backpacks are: cereal, fruit, and various microwaveable noodle products.
    “We obviously want to be able to expand past the 25 backpacks, because we have far more students who go home hungry on the weekends,” said Bolin.
    The Carthage R-9 Foundation and Mercy McCune-Brooks have partnered with Carthage Bright Futures to host events such as the basketball tournament, along with 25 other events to raise money for the simple cause: No Child in Carthage Goes Hungry.
    By the Numbers
        * For the 2013-2014 school year $19,318.70 will feed 150 students.
        * The Carthage R-9 School District has taken a proactive approach by starting the programs and has saved the school district $43,181.80 over to 2012-2013 school year.
        * $3.58 feeds a students for one week.
        * $32.20 feeds one student for nine weeks (one quarter)
        * $128.79 feeds one student for one school year.
        * 100% of proceeds go directly to the backpack program
    For more information about how to get involved in the events benefiting the program, call the Carthage Administration Building at 417-358-7000 or pick up the Food for Thought preview of upcoming events at the administration building, 714 S. Main St.

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