West Middle School holds annual basketball skills competition

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This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week.

It’s a week dedicated to showing gratitude towards those who have devoted their lives in an effort to positively impact many others.

What better way for students to show their appreciation for their mentors than by trying to beat them on the basketball court?

Well, over at West Middle School Friday, both students and faculty took to the court for the school’s 3rd annual basketball skills challenge.

Another year and another impressive turnout in support of the event.

The competition is run by Kevin Hartrick, a math teacher at WMS.

Everyone showed off their basketball abilities to help raise money for the school’s 8th grade field trip to Dorney Park, making sure that all students are able to attend.

With skills such as shooting and ball handling put to the test tonight by both faculty and students, Hartrick says a night like this is not only a chance to raise money for a cause, but for the kids to see their teachers in a different way.

“The students love the competitive aspect, especially with the teachers. Getting to see the teachers in a way you wouldn’t normally see in the classroom, necessarily. Seeing us more as human and more as, oh you play basketball? You know how to shoot? You know how to dribble? It’s just that shift in mindset where they realize that Oh, these people are like us. They’re humans. They interact with us in a positive way. This is such a cool thing. They’re passionate about it, we’re passionate about it. Just their competitiveness,” Hartrick says.

If you recall this story from last year, then you may remember this crazy shot by music teacher Melanie Velencia.

After this year’s competition, it still stands as the most impressive.

In total, the event raised more than $800 towards the trip, ensuring that everyone not only had a fun time tonight, but that the fun will continue down at Dorney Park as well.

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