New Delhi: Sports teams at Delhi Public School will soon be keeping score on a new electronic scoreboard.
If fundraising goes as planned, the new scoreboard could be installed as early as March, said project coordinator Sam Mann, a Grade 7 teacher at DPS.
"Our goal would be to get it in as soon as possible and start using it as soon as possible," said Mann.
Over the past couple years DPS has been making improvements and adding enhancements to the ever-growing school. In 2009 a portable unit was added in order to house the growing student body after Windham Central School was closed. More recently, an illuminated plexiglass sign bearing the name of the school was erected on the front lawn. The scoreboard will be another attractive feature added to the school.
Learning is the No. 1 priority, but "athletics is important," said Mann.
The school is selling raffle tickets to raise the money they need to purchase and install the digital scoreboard for the gym. About $6,200 is needed to fund the six-by-four-foot scoreboard.
An anonymous donation has already been made to the school for $1,000 to go towards the scoreboard. The parent council has also contributed to the fund and about $2,500 worth of raffle tickets have already been sold, putting DPS well on its way towards reaching its goal.
Raffle tickets are being sold at the school and at Dave's Variety for $5 each or 3 for $10.
Tickets to the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Minnesota Wild game, London Knights vs. Kitchener Rangers game and London Knights vs. Kingston Frontenacs were won last week during an early bird draw.
The final draw will take place on Jan. 30. A membership at Woodside Greens Golf Course, two tickets to the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. San Jose Sharks game, four tickets to Toronto Blue Jays games and a signed Kory Nagy jersey are all prizes that have been donated by members of the community to the school for the end-of-month raffle.