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Pizza Palooza is Coming to Ames on Thursday

It costs $1 for a night of family fun.

School budgets are tight and that's often been a problem, which is why booster clubs try to do all they can to help.

The Ames Middle School Booster Club for Academics, Arts and Athletics are gathering together to hold their first ever Pizza Palooza, a fun family event at Ames Middle School on Thursday Feb. 23.

It was previously called the "Chili Chowdown," said Megan Woodbeck, president of the parent and teacher organization, but no one ate the chili and they really couldn't call it a Chili Chowdown without that.

The evening includes a silent auction, entertainment from student in Ames middle and high school, a student versus teacher basketball game a battle of the bands and more.

Admission is $1. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Proceeds of the event will go toward school supplies and extracurricular activities, such as the chess club and FIRST LEGO league.

“With all the tax cuts, teachers are pulling money out of their own pockets for supplies,” Woodbeck said.

Everyone seems to be cutting back, Woodbeck said. Donations for the silent auction this year were harder to come by.

The booster club usually raises about $6,000 to $8,000, but Woodbeck said they always want to raise more.

“It's never enough,” she said.

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