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Dibrell festival nets nearly $24K
According to his father, little Cason Davis is all about sports. The 6-year-old had a basketball painted on one cheek and a football painted on the other.

Dibrell Elementary School raised approximately $24,000 with its annual fall festival. With half of that coming from donation ticket sales, the entire school is taking a trip to the Tennessee Aquarium.
“We had a great time,” said principal Sheila Gann, of the event. “We raised right at $24,000. After expenses, it will probably be around $17,000. We had wonderful participation from our community and we are very appreciative.”
When asked what made the evening a success, Gann pointed toward the fun everyone had during the event.
“I think the success was just everyone coming together and having a fun night,” said Gann. “We had a lot of great items for auction. We raised $6,650 just from the auction. We raised $12,400 just from our donation ticket sales.”
Donation ticket sales were for door prizes, including a Three-day, two-night cabin in Gatlinburg with a $50 gift card, $100 Foodland Plus gift card, Yeti Cooler, and a freezer with a $50 gift card from the Meat Market. Each student who sold 50 tickets would be taken on a trip to the Tennessee Aquarium. If 12,000 tickets were sold, all students would get to go on the trip.
When school let out on the Friday of the festival, the school was 720 tickets shy. Gann says the remainder were sold during the event, which also offered a meal to hungry visitors.
“We got those 700 and an additional 400 during the event, so all the students will be going to the aquarium on Dec. 15,” she said. “We also had a wonderful meal, because Locke’s Green Hill Market gave us some chicken and dressing and the Meat Market provided us with ham. We just had a wonderful meal, great games and everyone had a wonderful evening.”
Kids had a variety of games and activities to enjoy. The hits of the night could have been a trip to the past and a flip in the present – a Jurassic area with inflatables and a mechanical bull ride.
Other activities included a finger painting, tunnel crawl with a glow stick, cornhole, toy walk, soda walk, face painting, tattoos and hair painting. Students lined the halls wanting their hair sprayed a different color.  
Funds raised during the event are used by the school’s Parent Teacher Organization to benefit the school. The PTO funds different programs, clubs and activities, sponsoring areas like the school’s academic field trip for accelerated reader and the principal’s honor roll. The PTO also funds the school’s science lab annually.
Gann expressed her gratitude to the community and the school's “very active” PTO.