Outstanding students need your help

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On March 27, six young men from Butler High School won the Future Problem Solvers Senior Division team and individual competition in Athens, Ga. They not only outscored students from local high schools such as Davidson and Westside, but nine other Future Problem Solving of America teams.

Benjamin Bennett, Stanley Esaw, Quentin Mays, Travis Moore, SaDarius Thomas and Michael White spent long hours doing research and writing scenarios in preparation for this competition, and deserve recognition and support not only from their peers and teachers but from the Board of Education and the community as well.

Butler will advance to the FPSA International Conference, along with teams from Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand. The six team members are trying to raise nearly $6,000 for their first appearance in the international competition, to pay for lodging, airfare and other expenses.

As a teacher to all of these students, I can attest to their hard work, their character and their deservedness of this honor. They represent what is right and good in our school, and are the real faces of an institution that has endured the glare of bad publicity for far too many years.

Mr. Bennett, Mr. Esaw, Mr. Mays, Mr. Moore, Mr. Thomas and Mr. White need your help to get to Wisconsin. They are not receiving any money from the Board of Education, and they cannot represent their school, their county or their state without financial assistance from the community. If you are interested in helping these six young men, please send your donations to the Richmond County Board of Education, c/o Gifted Program, 864 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901.

Natalia Thrash

Augusta

(The writer teaches science at Butler High School.)

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Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 04/28/10 - 12:37 am
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6K--Are they flying 1st.

6K--Are they flying 1st. Class to Wisconson and back? I mean 6 students plus 2 teachers--that's eight people: driving up and back in a van would be $400.00 in gas, 4 rooms for 4 nights at $100 is $1600 plus food for eight for 4 days is $1000. That's 3K.

deekster
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deekster 04/28/10 - 05:54 am
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The other "three large" is

The other "three large" is for the "partae".

jack234
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jack234 04/28/10 - 06:19 am
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This is a great cause. You

This is a great cause. You wonder why anyone would be critical of this effort.

justus4
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justus4 04/28/10 - 06:27 am
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Where is all the lottery
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Where is all the lottery money? Each state that gets into the "gaming" scheme promises that it's "for the children" and the CEO makes six-figures and can't be found. This trip, according to the article, is exactly the purpose of those state lotteries and those deep, deep, pockets. They need to be asked.

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Chillen 04/28/10 - 07:43 am
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These young men deserve to be

These young men deserve to be commended. They've worked hard and I think this is a wonderful opporunity for them. That plus the fact that they are doing their own fund raising for their trip....fantastic.

It would only take 120 people giving them $50 each & they'll meet their goal. Ms. Thrash, you should contact the Evans Walmart. I've heard that trip fundraisers there raise thousands of dollars. One Saturday out there & they could be close to their goal. Good luck!

dani
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dani 04/28/10 - 09:55 am
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Ditto, Chillen I'll bet

Ditto, Chillen I'll bet these enterprising young people could raise this money themselves if they put their mind to it. Just call it self-reliance.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/28/10 - 10:01 am
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justus4, money from the

justus4, money from the lottery is to go toward college, not high school trips. The young men deserve congratulations. Nat the Cat, although you are fairly close, you left out the cost to rent the van, $400 for gas sounds about right. $100 a night for a room sounds reasonable for a mid-class hotel, but come on $1000 for 8 people for 4 days...that's on $31.25 a day. You'd spend most of that on dinner alone in a big city. In big cities especially when a convention is going on local cost for food will at least run you $50 a day. Doubt you'll get a continental breakfast at a hotel for $100 a night so allow cost for breakfast. We have enough businesses around this area that if each would contribute a little it wouldn't take long for these young men to have the money they need.

anotherlook
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anotherlook 04/28/10 - 01:07 pm
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First let me ask a few

First let me ask a few questions and then offer a few ideas. Have they approached the PTSA and student organizations about financial support for this effort? When will they be going to Wisconsin? It might be helpful to know how long they have to raise the money. A few suggestions: each young man should (1) ask for support from the house of worship he attends; (2) collect pledges from individuals in their neighborhoods; and (3) approach other local media outlets with their instructor to solicit funds from a wider range of readers and viewers. A last word of advice: Don't get discouraged. Every year many high school marching bands are successful in raising thousands of dollars to go to the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and other state, national, and international events. If they can do it...so can you! We are very proud of these young persons and I will personally support them with a donation as well as email this article to my friends. Congratulation and Good Luck!

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 04/28/10 - 01:18 pm
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Gee.....how about the parents

Gee.....how about the parents pay for their children. Novel idea ain't it.

anotherlook
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anotherlook 04/30/10 - 11:59 pm
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Hmmmm? $750.00 per

Hmmmm? $750.00 per person...might be possible; but it actually depends on the time frame and what financial resources were available to each family and to the two faculty advisors. But if it were possible for every person to pay the $750.00 necessary, I'm not sure that Ms. Thrash would have made such a public appeal. But logically, we cannot assume that Ms. Thrash didn't go to the parents with a request for assistance before she solicited assistance from outside sources.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/28/10 - 03:19 pm
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baronvonreich, it's possible

baronvonreich, it's possible the parents aren't financially able to pay for their child to attend. It would be a shame to not consider other alternatives to help raise enough funds so these students could participate in what may be a momumental event in their lives and for their future. It may be a novel idea baron, but not always applicable.

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corgimom 04/28/10 - 05:02 pm
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It is 1200 miles from Augusta

It is 1200 miles from Augusta to Green Bay, Wisconsin, and La Crosse is comparable. It can be done in 2 driving days, stopping at Paducah, KY, 3 days if you want to take your time. That way is far preferable than going through Chicago, where you can get stuck in traffic for hours.

Signed, someone who did it many times for 3 years

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 04/28/10 - 05:46 pm
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OK, OK, I'll give them $100,

OK, OK, I'll give them $100, but they better fly "coach!"
You've got to admit though, Deekster's 3 Large was a killer. Still L

brimisjoshan
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brimisjoshan 04/28/10 - 09:10 pm
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I think that it is amazing

I think that it is amazing that such a good story can turn so negative so fast on this forum. Good job to the students and I hope that many will give to make their dreams come true. I know I will!

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 04/28/10 - 09:52 pm
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Parents who can't afford to

Parents who can't afford to raise children don't need to be breeding.

brimisjoshan
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brimisjoshan 04/28/10 - 10:42 pm
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Baron you are right a couple

Baron you are right a couple should really count the cost but what if they had a financial fallout after having the child? What do they do, just throw them away?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/29/10 - 12:58 pm
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baronvonreich, it's not about

baronvonreich, it's not about not being able to raise children. It's about being able to let your child experience what it feels like to achieve. I sure hope you don't have or never have children with the attitude you have. You are one bitter, hard, person. These kids have made a great achievement and hopefully through fund raisers and donations these kids can raise enough money to go. By the way, kids are not made by breeding....they are a gift from God. Opps, forgot you don't believe in God.

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teacher_lady 05/20/10 - 03:46 pm
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I am amazed by the outpouring

I am amazed by the outpouring of generosity by our community. I know these students and their parents, and they are lovely people. Thank you, thank you! to those of you who have sent your money and/or well-wishes. What better investment could we possibly be making in our community than one to the education and betterment of our future leaders?! I guarantee the returns will be ten-fold. And to Nat, they are flying coach, staying in non air-conditioned dorms and eating cafeteria food, so there is NO frivolity here! But comingling with other bright, motivated achievers from the US, Singapore, Malaysia, and New Zealand? PRICELESS! Thank you all for your support.

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