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Thank you to everyone for responding in such kind and supportive ways.
Lots of wonderful ideas were shared and I'm hoping to put them to good
use.  I feel fortunate to be a part of such a fantastic, robotic community.

Thanks bunches!
Peggy Morgan
*314-479-1949*

On Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 7:34 AM, Michael Brown <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> Hi Peggy,
>
> Congratulations, I'm sure the kids were excited!  We'd be willing and able
> to help out with whatever you may need. I'll follow up in a separate note
> with some more details.
>
> Michael
>
> On Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 6:56 AM, Peggy Morgan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Dear Fellow Coaches,
>> First of all, I would like to apologize for talking about the next level
>> of tournament when there are many teams who have not yet competed at the
>> local level; however, our situation requires we gather information and make
>> plans.
>>
>> Background:  I am a volunteer at Walker-Jones Education Campus. The
>> extraordinary news is our team won the Core Values Award and is advancing
>> to Harrisburg on Dec. 5th & 6th.  The thought of such a thing NEVER entered
>> our minds.  For the past three days reality has been sinking in and I have
>> a couple of huge concerns: safety and funding.  I really don’t know who to
>> turn to and then last night I thought of this group.
>>
>> The FIRST YPP states: 2 – 4 students in a room, same gender and no adults
>> unless they are a parent.  This sounds good but not really in our reality.
>> I really can’t imagine three rooms of children in a hotel, two hours away
>> from home, who have never spent a night in a hotel.  This doesn’t really
>> seem safe.
>>
>> Second problem ~ finance.  Our school does not really have money for such
>> an expense for ten students.  We really do not have a PTO. We are reaching
>> out to central office but that doesn’t seem to be working out and I can not
>> imagine funding being able to work through the DCPS system in less than
>> three weeks.
>>
>> A little more background ~ we have some outstanding parents but traveling
>> by car is not possible. Taking off work for three days to attend is
>> probably not possible.  Chipping in even $50 is probably not possible.
>> They will all want to help but . . . the reality . . .
>>
>> Traveling back and forth is not really possible with because of the
>> schedule and distance.
>>
>> This is a huge honor and opportunity and we want to go to Harrisburg but
>> I need your advice & experience.  How do you handle the overnights and
>> where do you get funding?
>>
>> Thank you!
>> Peggy
>>
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