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CMS students achieve goal for outdoor volleyball net

7th-graders raise $2,000 for project, look toward more next year

Craig Middle School students Lacey Wiseman, left, and Caroline Riley proudly display the new volleyball net set up in the field between CMS and Sandrock Elementary School. The two of them were responsible for raising $2,000 throughout the school year to help buy the equipment.

With the close of the school year, Craig Middle School seventh-graders Caroline Riley and Lacey Wiseman not only have the satisfaction of a job well done scholastically, they've also set up themselves and future students for a feature they haven't had in the past.

Riley and Wiseman recently reached their goal of $2,000 to buy and install an outdoor volleyball net in the field between CMS and Sandrock Elementary School. The two said it was a great feeling to see the piece of athletic equipment installed earlier this week after months of raising funds.

"It was great to be able to get it in before the end of the school year," Wiseman said.

The pair were responsible for organizing three school dances throughout the year complete with concessions, also selling things such as hot chocolate at several intervals in order to bring in the money for the project.

They originally conceived of the idea last fall as a way to have some extra equipment for practicing with the CMS volleyball team, but they also realized it could be useful to the entire student body, as well as to the students of Sandrock.

Riley said she felt appreciated by her fellow students in getting everything put together.

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"I think they know it wasn't an easy thing to do," she said. "We want to thank everybody for all the help and support they've given us."

With one initiative completed, the girls already have set their sights on the possibility of further bettering CMS next year, as well, with a fundraiser for new warm-up suits for their volleyball team in mind.

CMS Principal Joe Libby praised the efforts and ingenuity of Riley and Wiseman for seeing their dream through to completion.

"They made a plan, stuck with it. Two grand later, we have a net and got it up before the end of school," he said. "This is what student leadership is all about."

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Education.