Everyone Benefited At Lincoln MINES

Mad Science shows the magic of potions.

On Saturday November 14, 2015 over 650 parents, students, volunteers, vendors and presenters filled Harding Middle School in Lakewood to experience Lincoln MINES, the first ever Minecraft-themed event for families. Attendees received 5 hours of Hands on Gaming, Minecraft Kids Talks, Crafts and Science. Lincoln Elementary’s PTA benefited from event proceeds to support its 2015-2016 programming.

The Cox Connect 2Compete Main Stage drew big crowds for the Games Done Legit led Mario Super Smash Brothers Tournament. Parents and kids delighted in Mad Science’s magical potions and science experiments. Hands On Gaming was the hottest ticket. Minecraft Play sessions were filled to capacity as students learned gaming skills such as how to make trap doors using Redstone or surviving the first night. The Games Done Legit Gaming Room was equally popular as gaming consoles provided current and old school video games to try.

Forty-eight presenters and panelists shared expertise in Kids Talks and Listen Forums. Kids Talks provided spirited debates on Minecraft topics such as Combat, Transportation and Mods. Parent sessions provided adult oriented education on Toys to Life Games, An Introduction to Minecraft, and Internet Safety. Arts & Craft opportunities created outlets for participants to create Minecraft Key Chains, Masks, and Cable Guys. Lakewood Library’s craftorium shared books on Minecraft and made mosaics using paper crafts. Snapology’s LEGO Building drew much interest as the crowd learned how LEGOs can be used to create mob figures. An epic Minecraft Dance Party capped off the day as DJ Toms played Minecraft Parody songs to energize the crowd.

Prior to Lincoln MINES, the PTA traditionally held a Fall Carnival as its primary fundraiser but student interest in the event had declined. Members noticed their children’s love of Minecraft and Gaming and created Lincoln MINES. Results from this event more than doubled funds previously raised from the Fall Carnival. Lincoln Elementary PTA uses proceeds to directly support PTA programs like teacher grants, extracurricular clubs, technology upgrades, field trips, assemblies and so much more.

The success of Lincoln MINES would not have been possible without the sponsorship of Cox Connect 2Compete, Hyland Software, Cleveland Clinic EAS Team/Nappi Family and the Smith Family. Donations for raffle prizes were generously supplied by Goldfish Swim School, Lake County Captains, Music Box Supper Club, Improv, African Safari Wildlife Park, Dewey’s Pizza, Swings N Things and Cleveland Cavaliers. Lakewood City School staff and Lincoln Elementary PTA members provided tireless support to organizing the event. 

Plans for next year’s Lincoln MINES have started. Go to www.lincolnmines.com to learn more and be part of this event.

Minecraft, Lego and Pokemon are copyright trademarks. Lincoln MINES is not endorsed, associated or affiliated with them in any way.

Amy Smith

Lakewood Resident since 1997.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.24.2015