Be sure to mark your calendar for an upcoming chili cook-off that'll help some Eastern Greene students get to the nation's capital.
The fundraiser is slated for 5 p.m. on Jan. 14 at the Eastern Greene Middle School's new cafeteria. All proceeds go to help eighth-grade students pay for their upcoming Washington, D.C. trip.
Gina Mitchell, EG eighth-grade English teacher, shared details on the trip.
Each April about 80 eighth graders make the annual trek -- which includes four days and three nights, she explained.
"Students see sites such as the National Cathedral, Arlington Cemetery, all war monuments, the Holocaust Museum, the Washington Monument and the Capitol (building)," she added.
The trip is an extension of what students learn in English and social studies during their eighth-grade year.
"I think it's the perfect age ... it's at an age they'll remember it and appreciate it. Some of these kids won't ever get the chance again," she added.
Both Mitchell and Jeff Goodwin, EG eighth-grade social studies teacher, chaperone the trip. Students who go must also meet a grade and behavioral requirement.
The chili cook-off is just one of the many fundraisers the students partake in, she added, noting cost for the trip is about $450 per student.
"We do a lot of fundraising to help minimize the cost," she said. "This is the first time for a chili cook-off."
Students also sell candy bars, do various brochure sales, sell cookie dough, host a Valentine's Day dance, work ballgame concessions, and collect Box Tops for Education, she noted.
The chili cook-off will be during the Eastern Greene Middle School and Bloomfield Jr./Sr. High basketball game on Jan. 14.
It's $5 to taste and judge the chili. Cost also includes cornbread and a drink. Various prizes will be awarded to the winners of the cook-off.
Donations are also accepted.