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I would like to "second" Brittany's recommendation and add one additional clarification: it is fun and rewarding! While I am sure your sock drawer needs to be reorganized or garage tidied up (mine does!), you will not regret spending this time as a volunteer. Through personal experience, I have concluded that FIRST volunteers come from a special cross-section of society (and you ARE one of them). You can continue that legacy, have fun and learn by joining us at JMU. See you there!

Best Regards,
Bill "RobotBill" Aucoin
(I'll be the one likely wearing the red crab hat)

On Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 10:51 PM, Brittany Rose <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
As someone who has both volunteered at the championship and served as a team coach, I would like to highly recommend that every coach volunteer as a judge (and there is no better place to do it than at this tournament). It provides an invaluable perspective on how the process works behind the scenes and it will give you some wonderful ideas for your own team in future seasons. Coaches AND team parents can volunteer for the age division opposite their own team this weekend - please consider signing up…you won’t regret it!

And many thanks to Sonya and all of the other volunteers making this weekend possible!

Cheers,
Brittany

On Nov 29, 2016, at 10:30 PM, Sonya Shaver <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hello coaches!

Congratulations to all the teams from this Animal Allies season!   For those advancing to the State Championship this weekend at JMU, congratulations and good luck!  I know you are all working hard in the final stretch to prepare!

The Virginia-DC FIRST LEGO League Championship is a very large tournament, the largest FLL tournament in the world!  We have over 100 teams headed here to JMU and that requires a lot of volunteers.  Volunteering as a judge is a great way to learn more about FLL and to give back to such a great program.  If your team did not advance, please consider coming to the tournament as a volunteer.  If your team did advance, you can still volunteer as a judge or referee in the opposite age division.  It is truly a lot of fun and an amazing experience!  Please join us!

We still have a few more slots to fill, so if you would be interested in supporting the event as a volunteer, please email me at [log in to unmask].

If you have an older child attending the event with your family, would they like to have a job for Saturday?  We have a need for helpers ages 13 and up on Saturday if they would also like to volunteer.  They can work either 8 AM - 1 PM or 1 PM - 6 PM, or they are welcome to stay for the day and do both, and we will feed them lunch!  If you have an older child who would be interested in this volunteer opportunity, please also email me at [log in to unmask].

Good luck, teams!
Sonya


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