DELAVAN — Wanted: Destination Imagination Managers.
Reward: Working with some extraordinarily talented students, and possibly a trip to Tennessee.
The Delavan-Darien School District is in need of at least two volunteer managers for this year’s season. One manager would be working with a non-competitive Rising Stars team, comprised of students in 4-year-old kindergarten through second grade. The other would work with a team of elementary students from grades 3-5.
The managers must be age 18 or older and have a background check by the district before working with the students. They should also have a desire to work with children and be creative and performance-minded. The manager for the older elementary should also have a basic understanding of mechanical principals.
Current Destination Imagination managers will provide training and mentoring, and online resources to help the new managers get started.
Team managers set their own meeting times and locations to work with the students. The season culminates with a regional competition at Badger High School in Lake Geneva in mid March. Teams have the opportunity to advance from there to the state meet in Stevens Point in mid April. Advancing from there, winning teams can go to the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn, in May.
This year, if two additional managers can be found, the district will have a student from every school represented on the eight teams that have formed.
“When you win, students want in,” said Michelle Gardner, the district’s Destination Imagination coordinator.
Last year, the district had a team qualify for Global Finals and four teams qualify for the state competition, which sparked enormous student interest in the program, Gardner said.
Destination Imagination is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization that looks to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of leaders and innovators.
The challenge categories the students work on include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), Improvisation, Visual Arts, Service Learning and Early Learning. Each challenge also has a different area of focus, such as fine arts, technical, structural, scientific, and others.
For more information on DI, visit www.destinationimagination.org.
To become a volunteer manager, contact Gardner at (262) 215-6434 or email her at email@example.com.