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Randels robotics team fundraiser to help tornado victims in Oklahoma

FLINT TWP. — Members of a FIRST LEGO League team at Carman-Ainsworth Randels Elementary School will conduct a bottle drive to raise funds for the children whose schools and homes were destroyed when a tornado ripped through Moore,

They are asking the public to bring returnable bottles or cans to VG’s West Flint store, 5080 Corunna Road, from 2-7 p.m. June 1, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 2. People are welcome to donate bottle redemption slips or leave cans and bottles with the students and parents to redeem. Cash donations will also be accepted.

All donations will be given to Feed the Children, an Oklahoma City-based charity that helps feed starving children in the United States and around the world. Feed the Children has established a fund to support relief efforts in Moore. For every $50 raised, Feed the Children will be able to put together relief packages valued at $250.

The Randels students who are spearheading the fund-raising effort are members of the Banana Bricks, a FIRST LEGO League sponsored by Randels Elementary and General Motors’ Flint Manufacturing Operations.

Children who participate in the FIRST program learn to build and program robots but also spend time researching and developing solutions to a problem. Nature’s Fury is the problem designated for 4th through 8th graders in the FLL program during the 2013-14 school year.

Details: Call 248-707-9064 or e-mail tom. wickham@ gm. com.— R.S.

Tenth Robotics Academy coming soon

FLINT TWP. — The 10th Annual Robotics Academy will be held 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.. June 17-21 at Carman-Ainsworth’s Rankin Elementary, G-3459 Mundy Ave. in Mundy Township. Participating students will learn how to build and program a robot using a LEGO robotics kit as they are led by members of the past FIRST LEGO League World Championship team.

Only 24 students will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. There will be a maximum of three children per robot. Kids will also have an opportunity to see other robots and will go on a field trip to see real-world robots in action. The camp is for students in grades 4-8. A $180 fee includes an academy t-shirt. Children must bring a sack lunch each day. Details: Call 810-591-4605.— R.S.

C-A music department to hold car wash

FLINT TWP. — The Carman-Ainsworth Instrumental Music Department is holding its Annual Car Wash at Patsy Lou Williamson’s Auto Lot on Linden and Corunna Roads from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. June 1.

The car wash is free, with donations being accepted. The public is invited to come out in support of student activities in schools.Please contact Benjy Jones at 810-591- 5535 for details.— R.S.

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