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Largo Students Create Cardboard Arcade

The fourth- and fifth-grade students at Country Day School participated in the recent Global Day of Play.

Inspired by the creativity of Caine Monroy, a 9-year-old who created a cardboard arcade — Caine's Arcade — in his father's California-based auto parts store, local students made and shared cardboard arcade games last week.

The task was to create an arcade game that you could play and that was made out of at least 75 percent cardboard. The fourth- and fifth-graders at Country Day School worked for more than two weeks on their skee ball, putt-putt, fishing and other creative arcade games, said teacher Amy Piper.

Like Caine, the students served as hosts of their games, sharing how they made them and yes, making sure all visitors tried their inventions. It was much harder than it looked to get balls and caps into the correct slot of the machines. But the students were very patient and encouraging in helping their guests.

The creative, inventive effort was part of the Cardboard Challenge launched by the Imagination Foundation. The global events raised monies to foster creativity and entrepeneurship in kids. The money will help Caine go to college and help start a fund to help more students like Caine, according to the cainesarcade.com website.

The Largo event on Oct. 5 was the only one in the greater Tampa Bay area, according to the map on the site.

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