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United Bank challenges Parkersburg schools to raise funds

Proceeds benefit the United Way

From left, Parkersburg South High School Principal Betsy Patterson, Hannah Winans and Amy Arnold from United Bank, Parkersburg South student Anna Smith, Michelle Lewis, Alexis Bland and Stacy DeCicco of the United Way. More than $2,000 was raised in a promotion prior to the Parkersburg High and Parkersburg South football game last week. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley and United Bank raised more than $2,000 in a challenge for students and fans of Parkersburg High and Parkersburg South high schools to see who could donate the most money leading up to the gridiron showdown between the cross-town rivals.

The promotion and proceeds benefited the United Way.

“This is the sixth year for the challenge and each year, it gets a little bit bigger,” said Stacy DeCicco, executive director of the United Way.

Donation buckets were placed at both schools to collect donations during the week preceding. On Friday night, collection containers were placed at each gate, one for PHS and one for South, for fans to put their donation.

Students and United Bank volunteers also went through the stands in the second quarter to give fans one last opportunity to help their favorite school.

“United Bank has been an outstanding partner for this promotion,” DeCicco said. “They provided lots of spirit memorabilia for us to give away at the gates for fans and they helped us by bringing their enthusiastic volunteers to the game to help with the evening. This wouldn’t be possible without a generous and spirited corporate sponsor like United Bank. We appreciate what they do for our organization and our community.”

Student United Way Board President Braxton Amos, a senior at Parkersburg South, has been involved in the challenge for the last four years.

“I think the challenge is fun,” he said. “It’s a great way to help support the community while still showing school spirit and challenging one another.”

Parkersburg South Assistant Principal Maria Francisco said the drive is a reminder every year to the student body that it has the ability to make a difference in the community.

“That you’re never too young to be an agent of change,” she said.

Parkersburg South smoked the Big Reds, 49-14, and ended the regular season 9-1. Parkersburg High is 5-5.

Both teams are in the state football playoffs starting today with kick off at 7:30 p.m. for both games.

The No. 12 Big Reds meet No. 5 Musselman at Musselman. Parkersburg South fans don’t have as far to travel as the No. 4 Patriots take on No. 13 South Charleston at home at Erickson.

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