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Dawn School holding first Cornhole Classic fundraiser

The first-ever Dawn School Cornhole Classic is being held on the Red Bank Middle School football field Saturday, Nov. 3. Registration for the double-elimination tournament to be played in teams of two begins at 10 a.m., with the first bags scheduled to be tossed at noon.

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Dawn School is holding a Cornhole Classic fundraiser at RBMS Saturday to provide transportation for its Work Based Learning Program. From left are program participant Abby Hostetler; Bob Hudson, career and technical education teacher; and program participant DeVante Hudson.

Dawn School is Hamilton County Department of Education’s K-12 school serving the needs of students with social and emotional disabilities; between 50 and 60 are enrolled. The tournament is a fundraiser organized to provide funding for transportation to and from work sites for participants in the school’s Work Based Learning Program.

“I can’t duplicate a job site in a classroom,” said program coordinator Bob Hudson, a teacher for 13 years and WBLP coordinator for nine. “[Participants] get to help some kids that need help. We hope this will be big enough we can hold it annually.”

He currently has five students working for several hours at Hilton Garden Inn in areas such as laundry, maintenance and food services.

HCDE only provides transportation between sites at a cost of $50 per day, he said, but CARTA’s Care-A-Van specifically for the disabled provides transportation for $2.50 a day per student. Hudson said he hopes to raise the $1,250 cost for the group’s use of the public service through the Cornhole Classic.

The idea for a new kind of competitive fundraiser came about after the Red Bank Chamber Council gave the school a grant last year to purchase materials in order to make something students could sell as a fundraiser. Hudson had the idea to make cornhole sets after tailgating at a UTC football game and seeing how popular they were.

While students were successful in selling 18 sets, Hudson said the process was overly time-consuming for the financial payoff. So instead he decided to hold a tournament and sell sponsorships for $100 apiece.

Sponsorship opportunities are closed, but Hudson is still looking for craft and food vendors, with booths available for $20 until the day of the event.

Spots for participants are open as well; each individual must pay a $10 charge to enter.

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