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Dawson-Bryant students have #039;Titanic#039; of a time

Leonardo DiCaprio was nowhere to be found, but Dawson-Bryant Middle School students were more than happy to go down with the Titanic Monday as a part of the school's Mega Party.

As an incentive to sell items for a school fund-raiser, students in grades six through eight who sold more than 12 items got out of class from 1 to 3 p.m. to enjoy inflatable rides provided by The Fun Factory USA.

Towering above the school itself, the biggest attraction was the 37-foot tall Titanic slide. Others included a bungee run where students could see how far they could make it before an elastic cord snapped them back, an 80-foot obstacle course, laser tag and a jousting contest that had the students standing on pillars trying to knock each other off.

"I think it was awesome," seventh-grader Mason Hogan said. "It is one of the best things we have ever done here."

Destin McFarland, a sixth- grader, said it was hard work to sell the items, but

well worth it because there was no homework involved.

Students raised about $10,000 from the fund-raiser, and the school will get to keep a percentage to use for an undetermined project, Glenda Tordiff, secretary, said.

The Fun Factory USA,

based out of Bristol, Tenn.,

covers a 15-state area and offers safe, fun entertainment for the children, Scott LaVoie, show manager, said.

"The kids always have a good time," he said. "We try to make it a positive event for the kids. What we do is make memories."