Apr 30, 2018

Robotics Team Raises Funds



Uno Chicago Grill recently donated 20% of each dining check to help fund a trip to Detroit, Michigan where Southern and Northern High School Robotics Team students will compete for the World Championship title. The "Dough Raiser," as it's called, has become an annual event to assist the award-winning program.


The team is no stranger to this competition and repeatedly take top honors in the State, National, and World levels. A big part of their work goes toward fundraising that affords them the ability to represent Garrett County on the World stage.


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