Franklin County Technical School   82 Industrial Blvd.   Turners Falls, MA 413 . 863 . 9561

If you think you have what it takes to withstand the punishment and outlast the competition, then organize a team to test your stamina in the 7th Annual Franklin County Technical School Dodgeball Tournament.

The public is invited to organize teams of five players to face off in double elimination matches to be held at the school on Friday, March 6th.

Competition will begin at 6 p.m. at FCTS, located at 82 Industrial Blvd., Turners Falls. The event will end when one victorious team is left standing. Cash prizes of $200 for first place and $100 for second place will be awarded to the top two teams.

Teams must register by March 4th to be eligible to play. There is a $25 registration fee per team, which is due at the time of registration. To register a team for the FCTS Dodgeball Tournament, contact Amber Coburn at (413) 863-9561, ext. 255, or sign up at Franklin County Technical School.

The public is invited to attend the tournament, and general admission is $1. All proceeds from the tournament will go to the FCTS Varsity Girls Soccer and Varsity Field Hockey programs.

"The amount of energy and the community’s willingness to support Franklin County Tech programs, such as girls soccer, just brings the place to life,” Prasol said. “It's an incredibly fun, family friendly event; and let’s be honest, everyone secretly wants to see someone get hit hard by a dodgeball. I never envisioned the tournament getting so big. I guess it just flashes people back to their childhood. Not to mention it taps people into their competitive nature."

Coburn said last year participants included teams from other high schools, area businesses, organizations and others.

“I’ve watched the tournament grow from an afterschool activity to a big event,” she said. “We had 42 teams last year, and we’re hoping to get at least that many this year. It’s great for the community and great for the Franklin County Tech athletics department. It’s a lot of fun and everybody’s invited.”

Franklin County Technical School students and faculty have been hard at work lately making Valentine’s Day cards, but not for their sweethearts. These Valentines are for the recipients of the Meals On Wheels program at Franklin County Home Care Corp.

The effort, organized at the school by librarian Heather Richard, is part of the second annual Love Letters campaign, sponsored by, AARP Foundation’s Mentor Up, and the Meals On Wheels Association of America.

The FCTS cosmetology program and Melissa Gerry’s current events class, as well as faculty, are participating in the program. Heather has materials to make the Valentine cards in the library and all students are invited to participate. Any student who makes Valentine cards will be eligible to win a $10,000 scholarship from

“I would love to have more students participate,” Heather said.

The effort throughout Franklin County is being coordinated by Jessica Riel of the FCHCC.

“We did the Meals On Wheels Walk-a-Thon here at the school,” Heather said. “I got to know Jessica and asked if we could participate in any other way. She suggested we get involved with this and I jumped at the chance. My father is also a Meals On Wheels client and has been very pleased with the program.”

The Love Letters campaign will end at FCTS on February 12, and Jessica will then come to the school to pick up the Valentine’s Day cards and distribute them to the Meals On Wheels recipients.

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