March 22, 2011

Dodgeball tourney to benefit Japan quake victims

Union Leader Correspondent
LONDONDERRY -- Proceeds from A dodgeball tournament held at Londonderry High School next month will assist relief efforts for earthquake victims in Japan.
The tournament, affectionately dubbed “Dodgeball-Mack Plaque Style,” will take place at the high school on April 7 at 6:30 p.m., with Londonderry students playing against Pinkerton Academy.
Admission to the event is $3 for students, and $5 for adults.
English teacher Mary Johnson, who serves as adviser for Londonderry High School’s National Honor Society program, said she’s in the process of locating a direct contact for relief efforts, though school officials are considering working with the Green Band Association, which is affiliated with the North Japan Band.
“In the past 10 years, they have evidently
 raised over $30,000 for victims of natural disasters,” Johnson said on Monday. “Donating to them would ensure money is used directly for relief in Japan.”
The high school Honor Society has been hosting the dodgeball tournament for the past four years, and each year proceeds are distributed to a different charity.
In previous years, the Honor Society has assisted such causes as Servants for Haiti, Families in Transition and the
 Peace Corps, in conjunction with a Londonderry High School graduate who was serving in the Corps. 

“For each of these years,we’ve been able to donate $3,500 to these deserving charities,” Johnson said. 
Communications teacher Karen Robinson, along with her video and radio students, will be broadcasting the tournament live over local airwaves and on the town’s public access channel. 
Next month will mark the first time Pinkerton Academy has jumped on board. 
“There has been a lot of excitement surrounding this event, not just for the rivalry but for the anticipated support we can offer to a country desperately in need,” Johnson said. 

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