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COAHOMA — After seating, serving, refilling drinks and cleaning off tables Monday night, the Coahoma Eighth Grade Leadership class earned more than $2,500 towards their planned trip to Philadelphia.


“They worked very hard during that four hour period for their tips, and Pizza Inn gave us 10 percent of the night’s sales,” said Charlotte Stovall, Eighth Grade Leadership class instructor and CISD Curriculum Director. 


During the year, The Academy eighth grade Leadership Class participates are tasked with preparing an action research proposal which is an in depth process of inquiry to take action on an issue. This year, the class took on trauma from youth sports. 


“They wrote an Action Research Proposal questioning the rules and laws protecting youth in little league sports from concussion trauma,” Stovall explained. “Their overall project title is Project Headache, and they will present their proposal to a team of medical officials at the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, May 27.”


During their trip, the students will visit the brain exhibit at the Franklin Institute, take a tour of Citizens Bank Park which is home to the Major League Baseball franchise, the Philadelphia Phillies, and attend a Phillies game. Their itinerary also includes a visit to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and other educational sites. 


Several local businesses have contributed to help with the travel cost. They are Border States Electric Supply, All Washed Up, Big Spring Bowl-A-Rama, Lumbre, Basin Welding Inspection, and Pizza Inn.


Financial donations are still being accepted by local businesses or individuals. 


For more information about the trip, contact the CISD administration office at 394-5000. To contribute, checks can be made to CISD. Please notate 8th Gd. Leadership Class in the donation memo. The check may be sent to: CISD, P.O. Box 110, Coahoma, Texas 79511. 


The Academy is an optional program for Coahoma ISD students, grades kindergarten through eighth, using innovative methods of teaching, hands-on learning, movement and music to emphasize academic lessons in a structured environment.

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