Students Raise Money For New Community Pool

By Megan Trent

June 18, 2010 Updated Apr 19, 2010 at 6:33 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Who says college students don't know how to put their money to good use? As part of their Case Studies class, a senior level business course, students at Manchester College do something position with their money every year.

They are tasked with starting up non-profit company. All profits go to a charity or good cause. This year students chose to donate their funds to North Manchester Community Center. The money will ultimately become part of the seven million dollars needed to build the Manchester Community Aquatic and Fitness Center.

So far the non-profit known this year as Spartan, Ink. has raised over $5,000. There goal is $10,000. Other community members have been busy raising funds too. Manchester Community School faculty, staff, and students have had several fund raisers since the community pool closed two years ago.

Manchester High School officials told us that last year the swim team had to travel to Rochester for practices and swim competitions. This year they had to shut down all together.

The college students are selling T-shirts and "pool blue" rubber bracelets to raise money and awareness. They also recently had a community golf tournament in which 19 teams competed. They raised nearly $4,500 at that event. They say they are working with a local pool task force to make sure the new facility becomes a reality.

On May 1st and 2nd there will be a "Create A Splash" fund raising event at the local Warvel Park. There will be food, games, music, and an auction to help raise additional funds for the pool and fitness center.

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