School Fundraiser Proceeds May Go Towards Wiis For the Students

March 1, 2011 -

What do you do when it’s too cold for the kiddies to go outside during recess and the gym is being used by another class?

Adjust the schedule?  Heck no, raise money selling frozen foods in order to buy a bunch of Wiis!

Ohio’s East Avon Elementary School did just that and its fundraiser pulled in $4600 which school board president Susan Harrison hopes to put towards the purchase of 28 Wiis.  While Harrison admits gym time would be the preferable option, the Wii is a popular second choice with some parents.

“[Parents] think it’s a good idea to give the kids something to do.  Winter is so long, and they can be inside for so long. What it does is get them up around and moving. It’s not video games, and you have board games, but you can lose pieces. You can buy more, but mainly it’s the interaction of the kids and that they are up and moving.”

Not surprisingly, some parents aren’t too keen on the fundraiser money being used for video games, especially when the school district already has a levy on the May ballot.

“The levy is more for operating funds — teachers, light bill, day-to-day operations of the school — we need to do something for the kids,” said Harrison. “It’s better this way than to take it out of the general fund, which I’m sure we would never approve. It’s kind of comparing apples to oranges.”

If the fundraiser doesn’t cover the cost of the Wiis, Harrison said the school’s principal, Sherry Szczepanski, would be willing to pay for the rest out of the principal’s activity fund.

At this time, the school board has yet to decide what to do. 

AE: To be fair, it’s quite possible that the gym is in use all day and no amount of schedule finagling would have facilitated its use for recess.  I requested comment from the school on this and a few other things but have yet to hear back.

Via: The Morning Journal

-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen

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Andrew EisenYes, the Wii U upscales but rendering in a higher resolution looks a hell of a lot better.08/01/2014 - 10:35pm
Andrew EisenIt's pretty. Lots of videos of it floating around. Just search "Xenoblade dolphin" and you'll find them.08/01/2014 - 10:32pm
ZippyDSMleeThe WII upscales tho. Matthew: It might be becue cartoonish desings do not age as fast as presudo realisim.08/01/2014 - 10:29pm
Matthew WilsonPeople who have run the Mario Galaxy games on a emulator have said they look better then most xb1/ps4 games when upscaled, so it would be interesting to see a upscaled version of Xenoblade08/01/2014 - 9:24pm
Andrew EisenHeck, it would probably sell better to newbies anyway. Even with its awesome art direction, the game looked dated when it came out years ago. I imagine an SD version would be a tougher sell.08/01/2014 - 8:55pm
Andrew EisenBecause it would be cool, would serve the game's fantastic art direction well and encourage people who've already played it to buy it again.08/01/2014 - 7:42pm
ZippyDSMleeWhy bother with an HD relese just repack the damn thing and promote it since it will play on the WIIU anyway....08/01/2014 - 7:04pm
Andrew EisenPlus, with Nintendo carrying the Wii U almost all by itself, it could help plug one of the unfortunately inevitable release schedule gaps.08/01/2014 - 3:23pm
Andrew EisenAn HD re-release would be cool though. It's a great game (and quite the looker, especially when up-rezzed) and more people should play it (the game had a limited release at a time when the Wii was all but dead an buried).08/01/2014 - 3:21pm
E. Zachary KnightSo no, people are not going to need to play the Wii game to undstand or enjoy the Wii U game.08/01/2014 - 1:27pm
E. Zachary KnightFrom what I understand, the two games have as much to do with eachother as Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy 2.08/01/2014 - 1:26pm
MaskedPixelanteIt's my secret hope that Nintendo announces Xenoblade HD to be released in the leadup to Xenoblade Chronicles X, or at least a mass market version of the first game so that people aren't going into this one blind.08/01/2014 - 12:40pm
PHX CorpI'm going to do a test stream later today, if anyone is intrested07/31/2014 - 2:40pm
Andrew EisenYes, I'm such a big Nintendo dork that I read Nintendo's quarterly financial reports.07/31/2014 - 2:09pm
Andrew EisenCool tidbit - Mario Kart 8 sales account for more than half of total Wii U software sales for the last quarter even though it was only available for the last third.07/31/2014 - 2:09pm
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Andrew EisenInteresting that EU had 10 games to choose from while North America only had four.07/31/2014 - 1:41pm
MaskedPixelanteIt certainly worked, I probably would never have bought Mario Kart 8 if it didn't come with a free copy of Wind Waker HD.07/31/2014 - 1:14pm
Andrew EisenI imagine will see similar promotions like "Buy Mario Kart 8 get a download code for one of these specific games" but almost certainly not for all of its (however you would define) biggest releases.07/31/2014 - 11:24am
MaskedPixelanteI wonder if Nintendo is going to be doing "buy one get one free" promos for all their biggest releases going forward.07/31/2014 - 10:48am
 

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