For the second straight year, it will be up to parents and others to raise the necessary funds to support the Troy Howard Middle School sixth- and-seventh-grade basketball teams and enable them to get back on the court.

Jaime Sturgis said the Regional School Unit 20 Board voted to cut funds from the budget for the THMS sixth- and seventh-grade girls and boys basketball programs. However, the board also voted to allow children and parents to raise the money necessary to support the teams.

Last year the teams needed to raise $498 per team, while this year that amount has increased to $1,500 per team. The money needs to be raised by Monday, Nov. 21.

“The kids that attend Troy Howard have pushed up their sleeves and started the fundraising,” Sturgis said. “The kids have been writing letters to family and friends asking for small donations. They plan on having a couple of dances at the middle school and bake sales where they can make the money off admission and the food.”

Sturgis said the youngsters will raffle an IPod Shuffle ,with a $25 ITunes card. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. To purchase tickets call Sturgis at 323-6730.

Sturgis said those involved with the fundraisers also have set up an account at The Waldo Avenue Redemption Center so people can donate their returnables to the Troy Howard Middle School Basketball Fund. The fundraising group also has set up an account at Downeast Federal Credit Union under Jaime Sturgis — THMS Basketball.

Anyone can stop by the credit union and make a donation, Sturgis said.

Those who would like to help with the fundraising or have questions can call Sturgis at 323-6730.

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